'Paddle in Seattle' protesters condemn Artic drilling

Environmental activists in Seattle paddle out to sea to protest a Shell oil rig moored off the coast of the US city that is head
Environmental activists in Seattle paddle out to sea to protest a Shell oil rig moored off the coast of the US city that is headed for Arctic drilling, on May 16, 2015 in Seattle, Washington

Environmental activists in Seattle paddled out to sea to protest a Shell oil rig moored off the coast of the US city that is headed for Arctic drilling, local media reported.

Hundreds of kayaks, canoes, sailboats and a solar-powered barge called "The People's Platform" circled around Shell's massive yellow and white oil rig moored in the city's port, The Seattle Times reported.

Protesters held signs reading "Paddle in Seattle" and posted flags from their boats calling for "Climate Justice," condemning Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic.

The protest follows an announcement from President Barack Obama this month allowing Shell to drill in the Arctic, a move that has angered environmentalists.

"The tiny boats on the water against the backdrop of the giant oil rig... It is a chance to show how much people care," protester Amy McKendry told the newspaper.

The 307-foot (94-meter) Shell oil rig has been in Seattle port since Thursday, according to The Seattle Times.

The rig is the largest part of the 25-vessel fleet Shell Oil has in the area as it prepares to resume oil exploration in Alaska's Arctic, the newspapaper added.

Obama recently called oil production "important," while also asking for a transition towards cleaner energy.

Environmental groups oppose the drilling in part because of the threat an oil spill would pose to the region full of vulnerable Arctic animals.

Environmental activists in Seattle paddle out to sea to protest a Shell oil rig moored off the coast of the US city that is head
Environmental activists in Seattle paddle out to sea to protest a Shell oil rig moored off the coast of the US city that is headed for Arctic drilling, on May 16, 2015 in Seattle, Washington

Shell put its drilling plans for the Alaskan Arctic on hold in 2013 following multiple problems with two exploration rigs.


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May 17, 2015
They are all out on the water in Kayaks made with epoxy and paddles with plastic. I just find that quite humorous.

Much to learn you still have. Noobs.

I bet their carbon footprint is higher than mine, and I don't even try that much.

May 17, 2015
They are all out on the water in Kayaks made with epoxy and paddles with plastic. I just find that quite humorous.

Much to learn you still have. Noobs.

I bet their carbon footprint is higher than mine, and I don't even try that much.


So --what, then?

Is your kayak made from the skins of baby harp seals, or perhaps a lifetime's worth of your own carefully-conserved scabs, glued together with a cement formulated with, and composed of, your own mucus?

Irony and hypocrisy are two different things, Returners.

Maybe if you get down off of that High Horse, you'll be able to perceive the difference.

May 17, 2015
And today's strawman fallacy is, "fighting climate change must mean you're advocating the complete annihlation of all industries". It's right up there with, "you're all communists!" and "what do you mean that a move to 100% renewable energy sources still leaves room for other industrial resource use?"

In fact, it frees up those resources for more innovative uses such as kayak improvement rather than wasting them on energy.

Let's look at the irony of anti-science nuts like Returners using their computers to promote an anti-scientific position.

Much to learn you still have. Noobs.

May 18, 2015
We will turn that nasty rock oil to feedstocks, and stop burning them for energy and pollution. We will eventually stop Big Oil with strangulation of their customer base from competition with more benign and renewable fuels.

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