Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:58a.m.
Actor-turned-activist Lucy Lawless and seven others sentenced to 120 hours of community service for occupying an oil exploration ship say they have no regrets.
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16/02/2013 6:23:34 a.m.
I appreciate these people's courage in acting against Shell's quite illegal and environmentally unsafe drilling attempts, which only became apparent to the world after the protest. I look forward to the changes that must take place to protect the future of generations to come! I am surprised at the comments against the protestors and the final sentence. I would hope they would be comments based on real individual research about the issues, rather than superficial blundering. No matter. The international awareness is indeed great. So is the determination that we as the human race of today refuse to support destruction of the Arctic. I hope we all can find the courage to make the drastic changes that are necessary. It's not about money. It's about the sustenance of life on earth.
10/02/2013 10:44:28 a.m.
@Iain... your comments make no sense at all. You want cheaper transport costs and yet you want to punish companies like Shell Todd. Without them making a reasonable profit, they would not invest in new technology and improved methods. We would slip back into the Dark Ages. Lucy Lawless hasn't put 10 cents worth of thought into her actions either. What she thought that she was achieving is not too readily apparent! More fame than brain.
9/02/2013 12:05:53 p.m.
Unfortunately globally civilization depends on oil exploration and extraction for its very existence, way past just a fuel for motor vehicles. The key is to recover oil in a safe and environmentally secure manner. Switch to sustainable energy sources where possible but oil exploration will not and cannot go away anytime soon. Companies like BP have learned from previous disasters and have available new technology to cap errant oil wells in a significantly improved time frame see (http://www.bp.com/sectiongenericarticle800.do?categoryId=9040157&contentId=7073697 )
New Zealand has to ensure that these technologies are available and that oil exploration is only undertaken where the risks are totally manageable.
This country cannot continue on relying on oil imports which also have their own set of risks and we cant emu-ize ourselves and turn our backs on plastics, medicines and industry that is totally reliant on hydrocarbon technology for their very existence. Instead we should be a leader in safe exploration be it oil, gas or minerals. Trying to turn the clock back is not an option. ( No fashion clothing, contact lenses surgical and medical procedures computers iphones etc etc etc) Greenpeace needs to align itself to the new age, preserve what we can accept what we cannot do immediately, and educate and offer guidance in a cool, sustainable and achievable manner. The oil industry is not per sec the enemy, mankind proliferating out of control is the driver with its rampant consumerism. Intelligence, Legislation, Education and common sense is the only way to prevail.
8/02/2013 12:27:07 p.m.
I despise people like Lawless who get a bit famous and then think they can dictate the future for the rest of us.
I work in the oil industry and see it as a great contributor to future New Zealanders' wealth. Greenpeace are wreckers not creators but they still drive cars and use electricity. What powers the Rainbow Warrior?
8/02/2013 9:41:48 a.m.
I wasnt putting Ms Lawless down. Just pointing out the fact that once again rich people dodge the harsher sentences.
This protest achieved nothing in a months time it will be forgotten.
8/02/2013 5:55:27 a.m.
The oil companies have a lot to answer for, I cannot take my family on holiday as I used to simply for the rising cost of fuel and the related inflation.In fact life has become harder over the last several years in direct relation to the price of fuel, we all know this, it isn't a secret.Any action that goes towards putting the oil companies in their place goes fully supported by me.
7/02/2013 5:19:13 p.m.
And it is this kind of person that wants to keep NZ from being prosperous. If we have the mineral wealth that will take us from being a third world country then let us mine it.
7/02/2013 3:26:18 p.m.
@cherie sounds like you wanten a Higher fine. Stop putting lucy down,She would pay a bigger fine if that would help stopping shell polluting are planet! Be glad that she makes use of her well diserved famous name and helps greenpeace to get more attention for artic Awarness!!! Lucy and greenpeace thx!!!!
7/02/2013 11:24:45 a.m.
I bet if someone else did this they would get the book thrown at them. Gee wonder how Ms Lawless will be ale to pay that huge fine!!
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