Regular readers of my climate change screeds know of my hostility towards certain “save the planet” groups. THIS particular one has been extremely odious.
From outright lies, and fraud, to damaging SACRED ancient archaeological sites, to interfering with LEGAL activities, Greenpeace has another “problem”. ITSELF. In this article from Jack Dini at Canada Free Press.com, he lays it out. I have covered some of it in past posts, but ALWAYS good to watch these fools expose themselves for what they REALLY are.
Greenpeace- Shooting Itself in the Foot
By Jack Dini January 23, 2015
Environmentalists often bristle when charged with being addicted to gloom-and-doom messages, but every now and then an environmental group will confirm the stereotype. In April 2006, Greenpeace mistakenly posted an incomplete draft press on its web site that read “In the twenty years since the Chernobyl tragedy, the world’s worst nuclear accident, there have been nearly [FILL IN ALARMIST AND ARMAGEDDONIST FACTOID HERE.].” (1)
Here’s another action where ARMAGEDDONIST FACTOIDS were used. In 1995, when Shell Oil tried to dump the Brent Spar oil platform in the Atlantic Ocean, Greenpeace launched a vicious and sophisticated $2 million campaign arguing that the dumping of the Brent Spar could cause unforseen damage. This view was virtually unanimously accepted by the media. Under pressure from public hostility, Shell gave up on its plan and abandoned the project. The speed with which the battle lines were drawn and the swift humiliation of Shell indicated the strength of public trust in Greenpeace’s science. (2)
Then surprise! Surprise! A year later Greenpeace issued a written apology effectively admitting that the entire campaign had been a fraud. Paul Driessen observes, “Of course, the admission got buried in the business pages or obituaries. Flush from their victory the Rainbow Warriors went on to shake down other companies and promote bogus claims about chemicals, wood products and genetically modified food.” (3)
In more recent times, Greenpeace still manages to make headlines, and many of them are quite detrimental to the organization. They’ve managed to upset folks in Russia, Peru, Canada, and India; quite a track record.
In October 2013, the Russian Coast Guard seized a Greenpeace ship and all 30 people on it at an offshore platform in the Arctic owned by Russian state-controlled energy giant Gazprom. The investigators said the Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise had violated the 500-meter security zone around the platform and that it was carrying equipment whose purpose was still unclear. Russia wanted to prosecute the activists but a UN mandated tribunal ordered Russia to release the Greenpeace ship and its crew in return for a 3.6 million euro ($5 million) bond. (4)
In Peru in December 2014, where a UN climate summit was taking place, Greenpeace activists desecrated an important cultural monument, the Nazca Lines. These are a collection of approximately 300 figures etched into the Peruvian desert more than 1,500 years ago. The figures are absolutely fragile. They are black rocks on a white background. You walk there and the footprint is going to last hundreds or thousands of years. It is illegal for anyone—including heads of state—to visit the site without permission or special footwear. To Greenpeace, however, the Nazca Lines were just another place to protest. Twenty Greenpeace personnel entered the restricted area and laid down 44 huge fabric characters spelling out the message: TIME FOR CHANGE! THE FUTURE IS RENEWABLE. GREENPEACE. These actions were in the face of everything Peruvians consider sacred. (5)
As Donna Lafromboise notes, “But this is normal Greenpeace behavior. In March, the group desecrated the Mount Royal Cross, an overtly religious symbol in the heart of Montreal, Canada. The Montreal Cross, erected in 1924, is 30 meters (nearly 100 feet) tall. To Greenpeace, however, the Cross was simply a plaything—a prop to be cavalierly defaced.” (5)
Interfering with economic relations is a serious bit of wrongdoing under Canadian tort law. Greenpeace lost its first attempt to get the economic relations part of a legal case removed. For some time Greenpeace Canada has been mounting a campaign to bring Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) legislation into Canada, the idea being that corporations should be legally discouraged from taking legal action against aggressive environmental activists. As Terence Corcoran reports, “Greenpeace suffered a major defeat in Ontario court that goes way beyond the narrow confines of defamation and SLAPP legislation. An Ontario Divisional Court ordered Greenpeace to pay $22,000 in legal costs to forest giant Resolute Forest Products. (6)
Canada has also terminated Greenpeace’s tax-exempt status because of its intense lobbying efforts. (7)
India is a friendly place, but they can only take so much before their government decides to kick you out of the country. Greenpeace is learning this the hard way. In a twist of irony, the very country activists are trying to ‘save from global warming’ has turned on them for allegedly compromising its economic security. The Indian government has cracked down on Greenpeace and other US environmental groups for protesting its use of coal-fired electricity, India’s biggest source of energy. Indian intelligence officers said Greenpeace’s activities have cost the country between 2 and 3 percent of its gross domestic product every year, reports Micheal Bastasch. (8)
Besides all this, the organization has had some notable in-house problems:
- Greenpeace lost 3.8 million euros ($5.2 million) last year after an employee bet that the euro wouldn’t strengthen against other currencies. The loss added to Greenpeace’s 6.8 million euro 2013 budget deficit. (9)
- The Guardian says leaked documents indicate that the finance team at Greenpeace International headquarters in Amsterdam has been ‘beset by personnel problems and a lack of rigorous processes, leading to errors, substandard work and a souring of relationships between its Amsterdam HQ and offices around the world.’ (10)
- One of the groups most senior executives, Pascal Hustig, Greenpeace International’s program director, works in Amsterdam but was flying between the city’s office and his home in Luxembourg several times a month. After The Guardian revelations, Hustig now commutes by train instead of plane. (11)
So, if you are a supporter of Greenpeace, as Bishop Hill says, I would hope by now you know that:
- They have been losing your money for years.
- They pay their employees the lowest wage they can manage.
- Their carbon footprint doesn’t mean a damned thing to them. (12)
I would also add that they don’t care much about poor folks and what Greenpeace policies do to them.
The last sentence could be applied to ALL of these leftist-run “save the world” groups. The U-frigging-N certainly could care less, the Fraudacle could care less, ad nauseum.
Greenpeace to this point has been EXTREMELY lucky. Running skiffs in front of whaling SHIPS, harassing LEGALLY operating oil rigs, trying to interfere there,along with the other shit they pull, it is miraculous indeed someone hasn’t made shark fodder of the goddamned fools.
The idiots DAMN sure wouldn’t want to cross MY bow. The “Jolly Clyde” would be sending their moonbat asses to see Davy Jones before they could say “AL GORE”.
Hat-tip to our own Hardnox
CLYDE. The ONLY thing “green” about Greenpeace is trying to separate YOU from YOUR greenbacks.