June 10, 2003


A Greenpeace spokesman - named Red, naturally - demands that a gigantic global industry close itself down:

International environmental watchdog Greenpeace yesterday called on the coal industry to stop producing coal and to invest instead in clean and renewable energy.

"The coal industry bears a heavy responsibility in inflicting damage to the environment," a Greenpeace statement quoted one of its activists as telling a conference of coal companies in Bali.

"This industry should stop promoting coal and start investing in renewable energy," the activist, Red Constantino, was quoted as saying.

Greenpeace said Constantino told delegates at CoalTrans Asia 2003, an annual gathering of the world's largest coal companies, to act against the threat of climate change caused by burning coal.

OK, Red. Happy to oblige. Now, where exactly do you want us to build these things?

Posted by Tim Blair at June 10, 2003 07:56 PM

Just over his back fence would be nice. Off subject for a moment. Thanks for the advice Andrea re small windows ex Tims survey. Their everywhere, their everywhere!!. Never mind,although I am considering sending a Convoy of my mates around to Tims abode to exact a terrible revenge. Would definately get my years in Stir rating up.

Posted by: aussieoldfart at June 10, 2003 at 09:03 PM

Of course "Red" wouldn't have the faintest fucking clue about where to even start with renewable energy research. That's the problem with these idoits - all bitching, no solutions. If Greenpeace is so sure that a renewable enrgy source can be found then why don't they set up a research company and make themselves rich?

Posted by: AndyM at June 10, 2003 at 10:35 PM

Here's an idea for renewable energy. Hydroelectricity from a dam on the Franklin River, Tasmania. What say you, Red?

Posted by: siltstone at June 10, 2003 at 10:39 PM

Darn, I wish the US would start building nuclear power plants again in earnest. Why people think coal is better beats me--aside from that it is cheaper, of course. :-)

Posted by: B. K. Oxley (binkley) at June 10, 2003 at 11:10 PM

I'd be more impressed with the greens if they invested in the research themselves. After all, if it's such a good thing, how can they loose?

Posted by: ErikZ at June 10, 2003 at 11:50 PM

Does this mean Margaret Thatcher is greenpeace's hero?

As I recall, she stood up to the coal miner's union and basically shut down about 1/2 (or more) of the coal pits in England.


Posted by: Kevin at June 11, 2003 at 12:06 AM

Look at how disingenuous the little turd is. He waffles on about loss of life, effects on economies etc. This is Greenpeace ferchrissakes. They love hurting economies. It's what keeps their constituency poor and (often literally) in the dark. As for loss of human life, a not insignificant part of the fluorescent green Left are 'deep ecologists', who'd like nothing more than the death of 90% of the human race (the 90% that doesn't include them, natch).

I think I hate the eco-freaks even more than the NOIN/ANSWER crowd (it's a close call).

Posted by: David Gillies at June 11, 2003 at 02:14 AM

I think the reason we're not seeing eco-freaks investing in renewable energy research and such would be because they ARE part of the ANSWER (anti-capitalist, anti-globalist, pro-communist) crowd.

Posted by: Celeste at June 11, 2003 at 03:09 AM

Look! Cold fusion in my yogurt-cup. I'll be damned.

Posted by: Ian Wood at June 11, 2003 at 03:34 AM

Most of the eco-freaks aren't in it to protect the environment, but rather to subvert environmentalist movements and turn them into Marxist cults of personality. J. Bowen (of the aptly-named No Watermelons Allowed) calls them "watermelons," as they are

- green on the outside but red on the inside, and
- will explode into a putrid, festering pile of ideological rot if left alone for too long.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian at June 11, 2003 at 03:57 AM

No coal. Good idea on several fronts.

1] Slow pollution
2] Curb over population, freeze 20% of the population
3] Make me more money.....I'm in the natural gas business.

Posted by: Wallace at June 11, 2003 at 05:27 AM

This Constantino mook is based in Manila, Philippines. I wonder which "renewable energy source" he used to get himself from Manila to Bali and back again? Sail power? Row-boat? Swim? Solar-powered jet-ski?

Posted by: David Crawford at June 11, 2003 at 06:03 AM

You get that show in Australia? Heh.

Posted by: Vince at June 11, 2003 at 06:36 AM

"OK, Red. Happy to oblige. Now, where exactly do you want us to build these things?"

Out back of the lodge. We'll need plenty of duct tape!

Keep your stick on the ice, Red

Posted by: Red Green at June 11, 2003 at 08:28 AM

If it were possible to build a nuclear plant as a motor car engine and which could generate the same hp or better, I'll have one. Every 1 or 2 years stop of at the servo to refuel: I'll have 4 rods please, premium.

Posted by: d at June 11, 2003 at 10:28 AM


You'll be getting less mileage then an Aircraft Carrier, giving the screamers more reasons to ban the car.

Posted by: Gary at June 11, 2003 at 12:17 PM

Look forward to Red expounding his views in the fastest growing coal exporting country - China. Red probably got his inspiration from the Australia's, Pacific Hydro. Our local environmental darlings build wind farms in Australia but also dam rivers for hydroelectric power in the Philippines.

Posted by: Ben Prudence at June 11, 2003 at 12:20 PM

Just in case Red Green above was being too subtle. Red Green is the main character in a somewhat cheesy but bloody hilarious Canadian comedy show.

Posted by: gerald garvey at June 11, 2003 at 04:00 PM

Sure am looking forward to the day when the biggest scam industry is shut down permanently, the Greens.

Those little nasty communards running around causing mayhem and carnage receive such tremendous revenues from merchandise, governments pouring buckets of taxpayers' money into their coffers, and the membership fees, they make many a capitalist look like amatuers by comparison.
So much for their Not for profit status - remove and tax them and charge them with tax fraud I say.

Posted by: d at June 12, 2003 at 05:20 PM

One question for all you self-righteous, self-inflating, self-fellating yobbos:

Where you abused by your fathers? Get your heads out of your asses and Tim's before you are blinded - again.

Posted by: Jack Stout at June 17, 2003 at 07:01 PM