Shuck and Jive

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Greenpeace Hanging Out in Portland

Lovely and I stopped by St. John's bridge last night to check out the protesters.    Thirteen Greenpeace activists are hanging from the bridge to prevent Shell's icebreaker from leaving Portland. The goal is to keep it here until the window of opportunity passes for the icebreaker to make trouble in the Arctic.  So far the action has been successful.   They turned away the icebreaker, the MSV Fennica, today.  Here is the story from the Oregonian.

I took these photos last night.

Great energy.  There was music and fun chants:  Shell No!  We won't go!
They are ready to hang there for days.  They can raise themselves when big ships come in or out but they will hang low if the Shell icebreaker tries to escape.

The sign says "Save the Arctic"
The "kayaktavists" will be getting in the way as well.
A lot of people have turned out to offer their support.  

Lots of fun but serious business.   We have hit Peak Oil.  Now desperate humans are trying to drill in the Arctic to get their fix.   The only way they can drill in the Arctic is because climate change due to burning fossil fuels has melted ice and opened up waterways.   
Shell no.
Greenpeace asks everyone to call the White House today 1-888-369-5791 as Obama could deny Shell's drilling permits.  


  1. And, there is no shortage of oil. It's just that certain places, like the Arctic seas, are cheaper to drill. The oil companies have shut down half the rigs fracking in the upper Midwest because oil is too cheap and too plentiful for them to break even!

  2. Conventional oil has peaked worldwide. The lower hanging fruit so to speak has been picked. Now fracking and deepwater drilling are used to get the harder to reach stuff. Yes, temporarily these new technologies have been holding the rate of production steady. However, fields are in decline all over the globe. The rate of conventional oil production has peaked. These price fluctuations are symptoms.

  3. Yes. It's certainly harder, and harder on the environment now.