Paul Watson (Sea Shepherd Conservation Society) Interview

Most of you know by now that the International Justice court in The Hague recently ruled in favor of Australia and New Zealand, and against Japan regarding the killing of whales under the guise of “Research.”   Bill Maher’s subsequent interview with Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, was expected to be spent talking about the decision.   A few minutes were spent on that, but within the following video, they went a lot further.  No one to date has ever done such a fine, eloquent and concise job of describing the state of the oceans and the consequences of continuing to do things as we’ve been doing them.

Yes, you heard him correctly, and he’s right.  The ocean will likely be dead by 2048… and, as is our slogan, as go the oceans, so go we.  Premier leaders all agree.  As Dr. Sylvia Earle said, even if you never set eyes on the ocean, never touch a toe in those waters, they still affect you with every breath you take.

Do take this seriously, friends.  Share it far and wide.  If we don’t control ourselves, don’t put a rapid end to our polluting, Climate Change WILL take us out, and all the other amazing, wonderful beings, our fellow earthlings, will die with us, because of us.  It is not too late, but there is NO time to waste!

Call On Congress For Change! More BP Oil Seeping Into the Gulf!

The Press-Register of Mobile, Alabama discovered new BP oil seepingjust a mile from the site of last summer’s debacle.  BP wasted no time at all in claiming that the oil wasn’t theirs… but the facts prove otherwise.  The fingerprint is clear, as is the location of the oil — exactly where one would expect it to be as it rose up from a mile deep.  Then there’s the use of Corexit itself, a solvent which has been banned in the UK, and proves far more dangerous than the oil itself.  Corexit is clearly implicated in the deaths of well over 100 dolphins this spring — an that’s only those who made it to the beach to be counted.   Think back on the way that BP tried to cover up the damage and dodge responsibility at every opportunity.  It’s clearly time to change the way that oil companies are monitored, and the way that their messes are cleaned up.

With the clear understanding that removing a natural resource for personal/corporate profit is decidedly a privilege and not a right, Protect The Ocean calls upon Congress to impose the following procedures and processes on ANY oil drilling,  (and especially those occurring under water):

  • There shall be frequent independent monitoring of all activities, operations and well sites (including those supposedly capped off.)
  • Oil companies shall have no involvement, direct or indirect, in the clean-up operations or oversight, but shall provide complete cooperation and compliance.
  • The responsible oil company shall bear all costs of inspection and clean-up, and shall not be allowed to employ tax credits to do so.  If the company’s responsibility is greater than its assets, each other oil company with operations in the U.S. shall bear a proportionate portion of the costs of cleanup, and no further operations will be allowed by a company until that company’s portion is paid.  (This will push them to police themselves as well.)
  • Any time any operation is determined by investigators/monitors to be deficient or presenting unacceptable risks, that operation shall be halted immediately, and immediate appropriate steps taken to alleviate the potential damage to personnel and the environment.
  • The purpose of these collective actions is to eliminate any threat or harm from the harvesting of oil from the planet.  This is the single highest priority.  All other considerations shall take a lesser position beneath that goal.  If oil cannot be gotten without damage, then permission to attempt to gain that oil shall be withheld immediately and until such time that convincing evidence is presented that a solution to that danger has been found.

Click here to sign the petition being sent to Congress and the President. Demand the Changes! Help Us Protect The Ocean!

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Pete Bethune Interview : Part One

Pete Bethune Interview – Part One:

Recently John Taylor from Protect The Ocean got a chance to chat with Pete Bethune. The session has been turned into several videos, which we are editing at this very moment and hope to be able to provide to you shortly.  A transcription and additional details will be posted as they become available.

First, a preface from JT:  People sometimes look at this as an awesome life, working on issues that matter (to us and the world,) being involved, in the heart of things.  To be honest, it’s a job (per se) like any other.  We who do it are glad that we’re able to, but we tend to see it as what we do, just like anyone else.  It’s kinda like Tia Marie Torres from “Pitbulls and Parolees” says, “It is my hope that one day I won’t have to.”  Not a one of us has any higher a hope than to live in a world where what we work towards is an everyday thing — where people are always conscious and responsible about their impact on the planet, the freshwater and oceans of the world, and are caring and considerate towards the creatures that live in and on this earth, people amongst them.  Until that happens, we who work towards those ends have no real choice but to keep up the fight, do do what we can, whatever we can, to save the planet and all that lives here from what looks to be a certain and impending destruction.  Some realistic estimates say that unless we are successful very soon, this earth’s oceans have just a couple decades, a score of years left to live. [Read more...]