Sorry if “douchebag” is an offensive term to anyone. This level of idiocy and blatant disregard for law and order and the rights and lives of others is simply too disgusting to not use such a word.
Greenpeace Closes Down BP Petrol Stations in Central London Energy Protest
LONDON Ã¢â¬â As BP CEO Tony Hayward resigned under a cloud Tuesday, thousands of British motorists got an unexpected reminder of the oil spill that’s wreaked havoc in the Gulf of Mexico.
Protesters with the environmental group Greenpeace said they shut off fuel supplies at 46 BP gas stations across London just in time for the morning rush-hour. Small teams of activists used a standard shut-off switch to stop the flow of fuel oil at the targeted stations. The switches were then removed to prevent most BP outlets in the capital from opening.
And to ensure there was no chance of drivers buying gas, demonstrators in fluorescent vests and helmets locked green metal fences around some sites.
“What BP needs to do is not just change CEOs it needs to actually come up with a new strategy,” Greenpeace U.K.Ã¢â¬â¢s chief executive John Sauven said at one of the shuttered stations in Camden, north London.
I would sure as hell never call these bastards “eco-warriors.” There is no bravery or honor to their stunts. They’re not risking anything, because as we’ve seen all too often, these stunts too often end up with barely a slap on the wrist. A few attention-whores and naive yuppies pretending to be some kind of soldiers for the earth and getting media attention is all this amounts to.
It’s interesting to note that in this case, Greenpeace completely bypassed the high ranking executives of BP and other oil companies and took their douche-baggery directly to the working stiffs of London.
Anna Jones, who was one of the handful up at dawn to ensure gas stations were shuttered, took a harder line.
“Big companies like BP are holding us to ransom, chasing profits at the expense of us,” the 29-year-old part-time dance teacher said. “The generation before us is largely responsible and the next generation coming up will have to deal with the consequences.”
“Part-time dance teacher”… This idiot simply has no idea how things actually work in the real world. I also have a feeling this is the first time in a long long time, she’s been “up at dawn” to do anything.
If she is so convinced that the previous generation is to blame for the world’s problems, then she should go kick her parents in the shins. Of course, that’s, to say the least, an over-simplification.
The reason petroleum is used so widely has nothing to do with baby-boomers being irresponsible bastards or companies forcing it on the population. Hydrocarbons are simply an excellent fuel. They’re stable, reasonably safe to store and use, have enormous energy density that is easy to release, they’re clean burning, easy to transport and even have lubricating and anti-corrosive properties. That is why they have been used so widely in transportation.
Creating effective transportation systems with the utility and economy of petroleum-powered vehicles is not an easy task, but it is one that there has been enormous progress on. Retooling factories and infrastructure, replacing vehicles and overcoming the weaknesses of electric vehicles is a task which will require a great deal of effort from scientists, engineers and technicians – not from “part time dance teachers” who like to get in the way of other people.
Things that can and will reduce use of petroleum:
- Synthetic fuel production – Currently generally hampered by the requirement for large amounts of energy, especially process heat to produce hydrocarbon fuels from non-petroleum sources, Synthetic fuels can completely replace petroleum, if necessary, as long as suitable source of energy are made available. This is not a theoretical issue. It can be done. It has been done. It’s well known how it can be done.
- “Plugin Hybrids” - The most viable option for near-term migration to electric transportation, these vehicles are already making their way into the worldwide fleet of cars. Next generation “parallel hybrid” vehicles will be available soon, with major auto manufactures heavily invested in them. It will simply take time to retool and then to replace the current automobiles of the world. Many cars on the road today will still be driving in ten years, so it will take time to see most of them replaced.
- Fully Electric Vehicles – These may never completely replace gasoline or diesel road vehicles, but they can definitely play a role in transportation. Current battery-electric vehicles are just beginning to reach the point of being effective general purpose transport. It will take some time before the technology is cost competitive for full scale deployment, and there’s really no way around that, but progress is already being made.
- Reduced use of petroleum for heating – Already heating oil is becoming less popular. Better sources include district heat, geothermal heat pumps and to some extent, electric heat. It will take some time to replace all the oil boilers. Better building codes and tax policies would help.
- More electrified rail and public transit – Changes in tax codes would help a lot here, at least when it comes to private railroads, who have almost no incentive to electrify in much of the world. Public transit by lightrail works quite well, but is expensive and only is worthwhile in certain areas where there is densely clustered population
- Nuclear marine propulsion – Already a mainstay of the navies of several countries, nuclear ship propulsion has decades of safe and reliable operation. It has only been used for civil vessels in a few circumstances. The enormous container ships that have become the cornerstone of world trade burn tremendous amounts of oil and are a significant consumer of petroleum. The cost of fuel for shipping makes could reactors an attractive and economical option
Things that absolutely, positively will never reduce the use of petroleum:
- Being a douchebag
- Irritating people who are just trying to get to their damn job
- Acting as some kind of self-appointed non-government environmental police
- Defacing the property of others
- Locking workers, owners and customers out of businesses that they have the right to be at
- Pretending you are some kind of warrior or somehow brave for being a douchebag
There is nothing brave about being a douchebag.
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