Saturday, February 8, 2014

Oh Greenland.

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Anne-Marie Steen Petersen: Aleqa Hammond.
Kina is Danish for China. I cannot get a translation for the caption - "Pyha - Vi nar det vist lige!" - looked high and low since I came upon the cartoon in March of last year. Google Translate gives, "Phew - We get it displayed right!" which might mean she is showing them the clear channel in. I still thought she might be standing up for the environment, but I guess the facts in the Guardian article below speak for themselves.
It's another fricken' diamond mine!
Aleqa Hammond, Premier:
Aleqa Hammond.Aleqa Hammond.Aleqa Hammond & Tom Ostermann.Aleqa Hammond & Tom Ostermann.Aleqa Hammond.
Jens-Erik Kirkegaard, Minister of Industry & Minerals:
Jens-Erik Kirkegaard.Jens-Erik Kirkegaard.Jens-Erik Kirkegaard.Jens-Erik Kirkegaard.Jens-Erik Kirkegaard & Mette Lynge.

BP - British Petroleum.BP - British Petroleum.Royal Dutch Shell.Royal Dutch Shell.

BP wins first Greenland drilling concession - Amaroq

Greenpeace says decision to open country's pristine waters to company responsible for Deepwater Horizon spill beggars belief.

BP has won permission to drill in the clear waters off Greenland, just three and a half years after abandoning similar plans to apply for a licence in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon blowout. Greenpeace said it beggared belief that a company with BP's chequered track record would be allowed to work in one of the world's most fragile environments. The British oil company confirmed last night that it had won a licence to work on the Amaroq concession off the coast of north-east Greenland – its first permit in or around that country.

The government in Nuuk boasted that the presence of big oil companies would accelerate the chances of striking oil but even some energy executives have warned of a potential disaster because of the difficulties of dealing with a spill around ice.

"BP and our partners ENI and Dong Energy are pleased to have been awarded block 8 in the north-east Greenland licence round, an area amounting to 2,630 square kilometres," said BP in a statement. "North-east Greenland is a long term play, and we expect several years of careful planning before exploring this challenging and interesting region. We look forward to working with the BMP (Greenland's bureau of mines and petroleum) and partners to develop a 2D seismic work programme," it added.

BP applied for the licence as operator but has subsequently decided to hand that role over to ENI, in an unusual move that it would only say was "mutually agreed" between the consortium partners and the government.

Jens-Erik Kirkegaard, the minister for industry and mineral resources, said both BP and Shell were among those given four exploration blocks in the Greenland Sea. "We were able to attract the largest oil companies in the world to explore for oil and gas in our area. It increases our belief that they are able to find oil and gas in commercial quantities." But he insisted that safety would be paramount. "All exploration for oil and gas is conducted by following the highest achievable standards when it comes to protecting the marine environment and living resources in the sea," he added.

But John Sauven, the executive director of Greenpeace, lambasted the move. "With a safety track record like BP's it beggars belief that they would ever be allowed to drill in and around the Arctic. Even one of their main competitors, Total, recognises the extreme dangers of drilling in the Arctic and have pulled out. He said the British oil group had "polluted miles of the Louisiana coastline and destroyed the livelihoods of thousands with the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe" and was now "sniffing around the Arctic, one of the world's most fragile environmental regions". He added: "BP and its shareholders should realise the enormous risks of any move into the Arctic and the opposition they will face from the millions of people, locally and globally, who have signed up to protect the region."

BP abandoned plans for drilling off Greenland in the summer of 2010, in a move that was widely believed to have come after pressure from the government in Nuuk arising over worries about the public relations impact as much as the safety record of BP following the fire and pollution at the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Since the end of 2012, BP has not been awarded any new licences by the US government but has won stakes in drilling rights in the Barents Sea off Norway. BP is also now a 20% equity holder in Rosneft, which has substantial licenses in the Russian Arctic.

Shell had been pioneering a new round of drilling in Arctic waters off Alaska but ran into conflict with the safety authorities after its drilling rig, Kulluk, ran aground.

The French oil group Total has argued that energy companies should stay away from the Arctic because an oil spill would risk doing so much damage to the environment. Christophe de Margerie, the group's chief executive told the FT in September 2012: "Oil on Greenland would be a disaster."

And to the east of Greenland, Росне́фть:
Rosneft Росне́фть.
Rosneft ExxonMobil.
Rosneft ExxonMobil.

There is a lot in these next few images: the greed and arrogance of nations & their corporations - puissance; the lack of names on the Google map; the (good-hearted) pride of workmen in their accomplishments; the courage (and affluence) of the Greenpeace protesters; and more! ...
Rosneft: Prirazlomnaya.Rosneft, Prirazlomnaya, location.
Rosneft, Prirazlomnaya, location.
Arctic 30 (26 of).
Listed here as the only honour I can give: Peter Henry Willcox, USA; Miguel Hernan Perez Orsi, Argentina; Camila Speziale, Argentina; Colin Russell, Australia; Ana Paula Alminhana Maciel, Brazil; Phil Ball, UK; Kieron Bryan, UK; Alexandra Harris, UK; Frank Hewetson, UK; Anthony Perrett, UK; Iain Rogers, UK; Alexandre Paul, Canada; Paul D. Ruzycki, Canada; Faiza Oulahsen, Netherlands; Mannes Ubels, Netherlands; Anne Mie Roer Jensen, Denmark; Sini Saarela, Finland; Francesco Pisanu, France; Cristian D'Alessandro, Italy; Jonathan David Beauchamp, New Zealand; David John Haussmann, New Zealand; Tomasz Dziemianczuk, Poland; Roman Dolgov, Russia; Denis Sinyakov, Russia; Dima Litvinov, Sweden; Marco Weber, Switzerland; Gizhem Akhan, Turkey; Ruslan Yakushev, Ukraine; Andrey Allakhverdov, Russia; Ekaterina Zaspa, Russia. More photographs here.
Oil mongers and sad old freaks alike find comfort where they may:
Josephine Baker.Monek.

This doesn't exactly make sense to me, OK, but it has a certain something:
That guy there? Yes. You want me to go over there and talk to him. Yes.
If I refuse. I'll fire you.                     Harsh eh?
Maybe you can figgure it out. (?)

Oh sure, some fat perverted old prick sitting in Toronto can criticize Theresa Spence & Aleqa Hammond eh? He's a damned misogynist anyway! Excommunicate the sonofabitch! F-f-fuck 'im!

Here are some more balanced views:

        Greenland’s race for modernity by Gwynne Dyer in Georgia Straight last month;
        Climate change brings new risks to Greenland by John Vidal in The Guardian; and,
        A report of an interview with Aleqa Hammond by Balazs Koranyi of Reuters.

It seems to me that the discussion is still completely framed within a notion of growth & progress that should surely be entirely discredited by now. But even Aleqa Hammond, living on the front line of a changing climate, is looking at economic & social progress rather than either CO2 abatement or survival.

I guess it shows that the power of the paradigm, wishful thinking, and wilful concupiscent illusion are potent beyond any rational enlightenment.
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  1. Comment for the first cartoon. It says "Phew, we just/ barely made it". The woman is the prime minister of Greenland Alga Hammond. It refers to Greenland's money problems and how China could help, hence the raft and the big ship.