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Stop Deepwater Drilling for Oil in The Arctic: It’s Time to Go Beyond Oil by Greenpeace

Geschreven op 24-8-2010 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Energie en Besparing Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Go Beyond OilThe Greenpeace ship Esperanza is off the coast of Greenland, ready to challenge the oil industry’s reckless pursuit of the black stuff in increasingly remote and risky locations.

Cairn Energy – a UK company – is one such company drilling in the Arctic. Why risk a spill in this fragile environment when we have clean energy alternatives right now?

Business as usual in the way we consume and produce energy is simply not an option anymore. In addition to catastrophic climate change due to rising carbon emissions, our resources on the planet our limited. The oil industry would have us follow a path towards increasing oil consumption, vast environmental damage and global temperature rises that take us well beyond what’s safe for human life. But it doesn’t have to be like this. Instead of chasing the last drops of dirty oil, we need to kick-start the clean energy age.

The place we’re heading for – the world beyond oil – will be cleaner, healthier and more peaceful. We won’t get there overnight, but we’re already on the way. Many of the solutions are out there. Others need greater political support and investment to make them happen. Ultimately we need to transition to a zero carbon transport system where pretty much all our vehicles run on electricity, powered by the sun, sea and wind – energy that won’t run out. In the meantime we need to start reducing the oil we use.

We also need to stop our money – whether through our pension funds or our taxes – being used to keep us stuck in the oil age. Currently direct government subsidies to fossil fuel industries are 10 times the amount to clean energy – we need to reverse this trend and put clean energy technologies on a level playing field with fossil fuels so that clean energy can complete in the market place. We can put pressure on governments to make this switch. And because many of our pension funds are invested in big oil companies, we have the power to push oil companies to speed up the switch.

We will need to embrace new technologies, increase car efficiency, improve public transport and be better organised so we don’t have to make unnecessary journeys. The clean energy age will also bring many benefits to our lives, cleaner air, increased energy security and new jobs. Over the coming months and years, we all need to work together to go beyond oil. We have one planet, and if we’re going to protect it, everyone – from local communities, to businesses and governments – will need to come together to make the switch. It’s time for the clean energy age to begin. Source: Go Beyond Oil

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Our hundred year relationship with oil is at a crossroads. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has shone a light on the far reaching consequences that our addiction to oil is having on the natural world and on the climate. At the moment, oil is being used to power most of our vehicles, making us all dependent on it in some way – to get our food, to see our loved ones. There are millions of cars, buses, trucks, ships and planes moving around our cities, countryside, oceans and skies, connecting people and moving stuff around the world. But all of these vehicles need millions of gallons of oil to keep them going every day. And that’s taking a toll on the air we breathe, on our security, our economy, the environment and our climate.

The easy-to-reach oil has now virtually run out. Oil companies are going to greater and greater extremes to squeeze the last drops of oil from the earth – scraping the barrel in the tar sands of Canada, risking lives and marine life in ultra-deep water, and potentially violating the pristine and fragile Arctic. If these places are exploited, and the oil burnt, we will be on track for a six degree rise in global average temperatures. Two degrees is generally accepted by scientists and governments as the tipping point of dangerous climate change. Scientists say a rise of six degrees in average global temperatures would have cataclysmic and irreversible consequences for the planet and threaten the basis of human civilization. This is the path we are on right now. But if we transform our transport system, this doesn’t have to be the pathway we follow.

At the moment, billions of our money is going into risky oil, and keeping us stuck in the oil age. Our governments are propping up the oil companies with tax breaks and subsidies, and they’re allowing oil companies to exploit our natural world. In the long run, our addiction to oil will cost us far more. If we do nothing, climate change will cost us around 20% of total gross domestic product (GDP) over the next half century. That’s more than the cost of both world wars and the great depression put together. But if we act now to mitigate it, the cost would only be about one per cent of total economic growth. That’s the same amount of money we spend on global advertising. Surely saving the planet is more important than billboards and TV adverts.

If we don’t start moving beyond oil now, the world and the costs we pass on to our children will be unbearable. The good news is that many of the solutions we need to move beyond oil already exist. And together we can begin to remove the barriers to the mass production of clean energy and clean transport. Source: Go Beyond Oil

Oilspill BP Gulf of Mexico – Shell: Nigeria Burns – The Alberta Tar Sands: Trailer movie H2Oil = Toxic Fuels: Trailer Dirty Oil narrated by Neve Campbell – Trailer Crude: The Real Price of Oil – A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash ! – Toxic Fuels: Trailer Petropolis by Peter Mettler – Edward Burtynsky: OIL, a photographic documentation – Shell’s Big Dirty Secret

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