The good people at Greenpeace have been very active protesting the Oil Industry party at Sky City this week.
And they have every reason to get angrier and angrier and angrier.
This month research shows the Gulf Stream, which regulates global temperature, has dramatically slowed due to the huge amount of fresh water melting from the Ice Caps, and that research is joined by new research showing Antarctica is at risk of massive meltdown.
So the Science is proving the climate deniers and minimisers like Slater, Farrar, Karl Du Fresne, the National Party, the Dairy Industry, the oil industry and the coal industry are all wrong. Climate change is happening and it’s being caused by our pollution. The ramifications for our species survival are at stake here and all National can seem to do is grant more oil exploration permits and undemocratically steal more water for their Dairy polluting mates.
Need more? Take a look at the recent win for Mobil against the Auckland Waterfront. The so called safe guards that officials and the Oil Industry sing so sweetly to us in regards to them cleaning up any pollution they cause has been horrifically laid bare by this case…
Publicly-owned Waterfront Auckland must pay Mobil almost $1 million in court costs for its failed attempt to get the oil company to foot the bill for cleaning up a heavily contaminated area of Wynyard Quarter.
Mobil Oil leased two properties in Auckland’s waterfront ‘tank farm’ for more than 50 years.
When Mobil’s lease for the two sites ended in 2011, it was found the land they were on had been heavily contaminated.
While it was established the company was not solely responsible for contamination to the land – other oil companies as previous tenants and neighbouring tenants all contributed too – Waterfront Auckland claimed Mobil had to deliver the land in a completely “uncontaminated condition” at the end of its lease term.
It took the oil company to the High Court at Auckland, where it was decided that if Mobil was liable, it would pay the council-controlled organisation $10 million in damages.
But Justice Sarah Katz in February last year decided that Mobil was not contractually obliged to decontaminate the subsurface of the land.
…that’s right, the army of lawyers the Oil Industry can hire to unpick any contract so that they don’t end up liable is never ending. Even though the land has been returned to us, the people of Auckland, it’s contaminated by the oil companies and they are smart enough to deflect any legal challenges.
For all the claims that the Oil Industry would clean up and compensate any pollution, the bleak reality is that they don’t and even if they did, our Planet’s biosphere can’t take any more pollution.
Our Climate denial is as strong as our poverty denial and only the Greens, Maori Party and MANA are political voices for that. Sadly those Parties aren’t in any position to stop Labour, NZ First, ACT and National.