March 3, 2011

Blair Hugs and Humbug!

Filed under: Oil,Politics — ken finn @ 11:51 pm

Blair Hug

What if Gadaffi Survives?

If the Colonel looks to recent history he may take heart from the events of June 4th 1989 in Tiananmen Square. Slaughter on BBC News
The blood was hardly dry from the slaughter of nearly a thousand pro democracy protesters by the Chinese Army when Conservative Trade Minister Micheal Hesteltine headed the largest Western business delegation to ever visit Beijing. Then as always trade was promoted as the way to strengthen the liberal movement within the hard-line regime.

So what if Gadaffi wins back control in perhaps a short but bloody strike on the protesters? Will the Middle East Peace Envoy, Mr Blair be hugging the Colonel once more, will BP be lobbying for a return to business as usual?

The World’s leaders are lining up to condemn the man but in two years time will they be lining up to do business with him?

August 29, 2007

Polar Dogs

Filed under: Oil — ken finn @ 11:25 am

Oil Dogs

Arctic Energy Summit – Anchorage, Alaska

Next month they’ll be meeting with glee to pick over the carcass. It’s not quite dead yet but once it is there’ll be plenty for the hyenas to squabble over.

Despite the fact that it’s demise is a dire warning of their own mortality they seem completely enthralled by the prospect of more. More. The body in question is the Artic and the cause for excitement is it’s melting. Beneath its once impervious skin is the flesh they desire, oil, once elusive but now just a few degrees away. Somehow it seems to have escaped them that it’s this thirst for oil that is melting the ice that will drown the Gulf Stream and flood the powerhouses of their commerce and our well-being; to create chaos.

Yet for all the dire warnings of continued fossil fuel use the addicts in denial want another fix. They’ve brought in their favourite experts who continue to tell them that all the fuss is hoax, experts who it’s seems are addicted to a different kind of hit; attention and perhaps hard cash.

The usual pushers the oil and gas moguls will be there, splashing the cash and pressing the flesh. British Petroleum within months of spilling oil over the Alaskan coastline are there to promote sustainability, safeguarding the environment and protecting rural communities.

The inhabitants of Alaska are themselves at the sharp end of climate change and experiencing rapid changes which, are decimating its forests and undermining much of what it sits on, permafrost. Permafrost the frozen store of methane which if released will further push the climate towards an irreversible tipping point.

Still if you fancy a trip to Alaska before ice turns black then the Artic Energy Summit are offering Early Birds discounts till September. Best beat the Polar Oil Dogs!