Greenpeace’s latest video

August 21st, 2010 at 9:51 am by David Farrar

This video is designed to convince people to oppose off-shore oil drilling in New Zealand.

However I reckon it is counter-productive. Videos of poor little seals, and penguins covered in oil tug the heartstrings and makes you want to boycott .

However a video of girls in bikinis posing covered in dripping sticky oil doesn’t have quite the same effect. In fact makes you want to go buy some shares in BP, and yell out “drill baby, drill” :-)

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44 Responses to “Greenpeace’s latest video”

  1. Spider_Pig (62 comments) says:

    Their ignorance is astounding. Has no one heard of Taranaki? I’m involved in the oil industry in Taranaki and the majority of people in New Plymouth cannot understand what all the fuss is about. We’ve been drilling offshore for 40 years.

    Drill, baby, drill.

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  2. tom hunter (4,422 comments) says:

    Perhaps they should have just taken the famous scene from 2001 – where the man-ape discovers that swinging a jawbone enables a new power – and CGI’d into his hand a small oil rig replica.

    But somehow I don’t think that would have sent the right message either.

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  3. Yvette (2,692 comments) says:

    You are probably right DPF that ‘poor little seals, and penguins covered in oil tug the heartstrings’, rather than “I would really like to thank everyone who came down here this morning, braved the winter temperatures, and covered themselves in molasses to help us make this point.”

    But at the same time this does show how utterly stupid the Government was in suggesting mining Great Barrier. Whether that was a ploy to make lesser areas acceptable by comparison, or whatever belied such an unbelievable tactic, it has marked the Government as inept and careless regarding conservation.

    Because of that stupidity, the score here may be 1 all.

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  4. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Losers on parade.

    How many of them used oil burning transportation to get there?

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  5. dime (9,442 comments) says:

    BAHAHAHAHA some dirty hippy covered in oil is their ad campaign? haha

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  6. Clint Heine (1,563 comments) says:

    They all look decidedly average. Many of them would be candidates to be floated back to sea. Yuck, even without the oil.

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  7. JiveKitty (869 comments) says:

    What a waste of molasses! In these times of ever-increasing scarcity, I object to such wasteful use! Think of the baking!

    And what, counter-productive stupidity from Greenpeace? A misunderstanding of the target market even? :O Wonders will never cease.

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  8. grumpyoldhori (2,410 comments) says:

    Hmm, I had a few lasses yell drill baby drill to me.
    I’ll get me coat

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  9. the deity formerly known as nigel6888 (856 comments) says:

    ooops I appear to have objectivified several of these young women…

    particularly the perky ones.

    :)

    as the above commentators pointed out, what about the Naki? How did they get to the “protest” site – walk?

    and of course bikinis are made of nylon which is an oil-derived fabric, so to show they truly care, they should have disposed of (safely of course) these symbols of the evil military-industrial oil-stained economy…

    bwuhahaha

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  10. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Also: Get a hair cut and a job yer hippies!

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  11. Chicken Little (793 comments) says:

    I wonder what the cameras used to shoot this vid and the machinery used in post production were made from?

    Possibly petroleum by-products and mined metals?

    Where did the molasses come from?, how was it produced?, how was it transported?, what as the container made of?

    These losers are so hypocritical as to be parody except that they seem to have winkled their way into our political process and are therefore to be considered dangerous to the common good.

    I am seriously in favour of forced population reduction – loudest screamers first.

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  12. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    You mean like compuslive blog commenters chicken…. oooo darn.

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  13. MT_Tinman (2,993 comments) says:

    Having watched the video with the sound off – no bloody way am I listening to those tossers – the only thought I had was how much detergent will it take to clean the people after the filming and how much damage to the environment will the residue from that cleaning process do?

    The sheilas, well the not fat ones anyway, were only average.

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  14. Chicken Little (793 comments) says:

    Muzza :)

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  15. Honest John (204 comments) says:

    A few of the overwieght rightists here (muzza – i’m looking at you) could learn a thing or two from these protesters. Don’t pollute your body with crap food – it’s the only one you’ll ever get. Similarly, you don’t cprap all over your environment and expect it to stay healthy.

    The women in this vid look like happy, healthy and pleasant people. No wonder the kiwiblog right have such a hard time relating to them :-)

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  16. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Yeah I could certainly learn from the HJ. I’ll start wandering about our beaches naked and covered ih shit just as soon as I’ve finished my 60 week shall I?

    They look like fucking idiots actually and if I need diet advice I’ll talk to my dietician.

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  17. Peter (1,578 comments) says:

    What a pack of spanners.

    How many own cars?

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  18. wat dabney (3,672 comments) says:

    Oil up the women for tonight we celebrate!

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  19. reid (15,954 comments) says:

    I would have quite liked to have been one of those with a paintbrush, with some of those lefties.

    Is that wrong of me?

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  20. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Yes… yes it is. But wrong in a good way.

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  21. beautox (430 comments) says:

    They talked about how an oil spill could “destroy our economy”. So you’d think they’d be in favour of it, right?

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  22. Viking2 (11,138 comments) says:

    I’ll just bet there was a hard nipple or three and like the lad up further said if they really believed in their cause the would have abandoned their synthetic (like made from oil ) kini’s and just done the job naked using real oil instead of molasses. (which is good for feeding cows and cows have mammaries don’t they?).

    They would have had more fun finger painting the bodies. Mind you hypothermia might have taken hold making things a bit stiffer. Note the shakes the dolly on the right had.

    As for the foreigner who was speaking. I just love it when some wanker from somewhere else in the world comes and tells me what to do in my own country. Especially one with a numb brain.

    But Greenpeace is full of that shit.

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  23. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corexit

    And i suppose spraying Corexit to disperse the oil and sink it to the bottom of the ocean where it’s out of sight and out of mind is pretty funny too, especially when it’s happening on foreign shores ?

    So what’s gonna happen when people start eating seafood dredged from the ocean floor covered in Corexit residue. I’m pickin there should be some hilarious birth deformaties and abundnace of rioutously laughable loss of life.

    i suppose we should be pissing ourselves laughing it’s not happening in our backyard eh ?

    http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2010/08/bp-vessel-of-opportunity-workers-allege.html

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  24. OliverI (125 comments) says:

    I thought this was their latest video?

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  25. Honest John (204 comments) says:

    “if I need diet advice I’ll talk to my dietician.”

    I doubt you’ll be told anything that you want to hear muzza.

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  26. John Ansell (861 comments) says:

    Good stunt. Gets the debate started.

    Only one problem.

    If you squint, they could also be bedraggled wretches scrabbling to survive in a Green post-prosperity world.

    If you’ve always fancied a job in advertising, what would your response ad look like?

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  27. Viking2 (11,138 comments) says:

    Its dead whales today. Wonder how much they will cost the taxpayer. Doc wages ,Maori this and that, koha for the sea God etc etc.

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  28. John Ansell (861 comments) says:

    And no, I’m not offering anyone a job. (But who knows, if it’s really brilliant an ad agency might!)

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  29. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    John as gratifying as your personal interest in my health is you are operating entirely on ignorance of my personal situation so perhaps you might like to stay on topic. Unless DPF starts posting “Guess Murrays Weight” or similar you’re beign tedius.

    If it makes you feel better my dietician is very happy with my progress.

    As for your personal situation, I neither care nor comment.

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  30. reid (15,954 comments) says:

    John, my entry would be to do a 3rd party eye on the wall ‘making of’ take one style and then stage a huge whale beaching just as they’d finished lathering up in molasses then have the whales go nuts and lick them all naked in a compelling frenzy since the whales couldn’t resist the delicious combo of molasses and lefty.

    My final closing caption as they weakly struggled ashore would be:

    Greens: not always practical, but always caring, no matter what.

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  31. John Ansell (861 comments) says:

    What a lateral mind you have reid.

    Didn’t realise whales had tongues.

    Hey, could we make them killer whales?

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  32. reid (15,954 comments) says:

    “… could we make them killer whales?”

    That was my first thought John but as I thought through the OSH implications I adjusted my thinking. More lefty legacy that honest conservative employers needlessly struggle with.

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  33. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Bloody two bobs, oil comes from mother earth so how can it be the menace they claim, I thought mother earth could do no wrong. Around here the bloody stuff floats in the swaps and you can see it in slow flowing creeks and drains. I guess it’s been doing so for thousands of years and no one I know has kicked the bucket because of this. In warm water oil rapidly breaks down and is absorbed back into the environment. I have many family working in the oil industry and they pay huge amounts of tax, perhaps if these tossers want to shut down or limit the oil industry they should be willing to take a cut in their welfare cheques, to match the percentage the oil industry brings into NZ, watch the bastards squeal then.

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  34. Hurf Durf (2,860 comments) says:

    Is Gweenpeace et al still in favour of biofuels?

    If so, I’d like to ask them how many people in the Third World they want to die in the Great Famine of 2010 after the decimation of the Russian and Pakistani wheat crops.

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  35. Peter (1,578 comments) says:

    Love the Jesus imagery, too.

    These gweenies certainly think a lot of themselves….

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  36. Manolo (13,376 comments) says:

    Greenpeace, the terrorist organisation.

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  37. Manolo (13,376 comments) says:

    For those watching from home tonight: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/electorate-map

    Wrong place, sorry. It was meant for GD.

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  38. mattyroo (975 comments) says:

    Dear Toad and all you other imbecilic greenies….

    Right now I’m on an oil production facility offshore a shithole West African country. The difference the oil industry has made to the local community here is undeniable.

    As an example, there are whales (humpbacks) everywhere here, I probably see in excess of thirty a day. Due to the oil companies, there is now a thriving local whale-watching business.

    Let me explain for you why this is due to the oil companies. As with most other West African nations, this place has been run by a few hand-picked dictators since christ was a cowboy. A few years ago, the previous president built a nice new airport in the local town we chopper from, guess why he built this airport….. So he could visit one of his summer houses, however he never visited and the airport was never used, just a monolith sitting in the jungle.

    The whales etc. have been here forever, and so has the opportunity to visit, however, no tourist wanted to take a 12 hour ride in a bush taxi to get here.

    So along come those disgusting oil companies, that you dislike so much, and they find some beautiful oil that can be exploited. Now, to exploit this oil, the oil companies need to start putting together some infrastructure, this includes opening up the disused local airport, which they start flying charters into.

    Because the oil companies are now flying charters into the local airport, there is an opportunity for the locals to piggyback on this service, instead of them trying to instigate a service like this from scratch, with the fuck all money they have. Having this “development” funded by foreign private enterprise was the only way something like this was ever going to take off. Although I know that contemptible little pukes like you would prefer to steal (tax) money from people like me, just to give away to the locals here.

    Now, with the arrival of flights and the occasional tourist, the locals started engaging with the tourists and showing them the sights and sounds, which included the whales, which has progressed on to a nice little tourist business. The community here in the local town is thriving and foreign money is coming into this community, enabling this community to get ahead in leaps and bounds.

    Now, remind me how you and your ilk would’ve made this small community thrive. No, don’t bother. I know exactly what you would’ve done: Stolen money from the rich, siphoned off 80% of it between you and every other NGO under the sun. A tiny percentage would’ve made it to Africa, where it would have been all but consumed by a few fat politicos and more NGO workers, and if any of it had made it to the local community, it would’ve only been what you spent on a can of coke whilst visiting.

    You champion the rights of the poor, yet whenever there is an opportunity for the poor to get ahead through private enterprise you scream blue-fucking-murder, because some nasty foreign company might make a few bucks on the way.

    This campaign is not about the beaches or the environment, it is an anti-capitalist campaign, nothing more.

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  39. mattyroo (975 comments) says:

    Just watched the video, took about two fuckin hours for it to completely stream, due to the poxy satellite connection. The mad stupidity of the silly bitch fronting the video is unbelievable, she states, “this is frontier technology that has never been done at these depths”, well, if she actually knew and understood anything about the oil industry, then she would know otherwise.

    She also goes on to state that if there was a spill, it would ruin the economy…. What fucking economy???? A few shops selling lattes and trinkets. What about the upside of a successful discovery? More jobs, more money in the community, opportunities for the locals.

    The mind boggles at the brainless stupidity of this lot, but as I said above, it is not about the environment and never is or was with the pricks, it is solely about anti-capitalism, anti-foreign investment and anti-globalisation.

    Oh and the pommie cunt might as well fuck off back to england and protest the North Sea exploration, instead of protesting about something he knows nothing about, somewhere he does not belong.

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  40. RRM (9,467 comments) says:

    A slow and clunky advert for a valid message. Of course Maui has operated safely for decades, but that is in about 100 metres of water and that is a bit different than 1500 metres as we saw with DWH. A major oil spill would be worldwide news and that would seriously impact our tourism industry, it would not be a matter of a couple of ice cream shops closing as someone above said.

    Having said that, I understand the risk of a spill happening with the kind of exploration currently permitted, is zero.

    DPF: girls in bikinis posing covered in dripping sticky oil… makes you want to go buy some shares in BP, and yell out “drill baby, drill” :-)

    Dude, seriously, there is plenty of good p0rn on the internet. For someone who takes his holidays in the bootiful outdoors so often your entrenched attitude of needing to ridicule environmentalism is quite surprising..

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  41. reid (15,954 comments) says:

    “A slow and clunky advert for a valid message.”

    What was valid about it, RRM?

    I mean, do the Greens seriously imagine that anyone on the planet who has TV is now not acutely aware of this peril?

    And do the Greens seriously imagine that even if it was one of those common-or-garden evil profit-driven-obsessed monster company with huge fangs dripping with the blood of its workers, do they seriously imagine that even if such a company was to exist, that that company could fail to in future note and learn, lest it happen to it. Because even evil monster companies have a strong sense of survival, you know.

    So even after having put myself into the mind of your average Green voter, I still can’t see what their point is.

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  42. RRM (9,467 comments) says:

    My explanation of the validity was right after the words you quoted.

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  43. reid (15,954 comments) says:

    RRM, as I understand your point, it is to point to the dangers of deep water drilling.

    My point is, we get that. All of us. Who doesn’t?

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  44. Hurf Durf (2,860 comments) says:

    If the Greens were around in 1850 they’d be the ones ripping up railway tracks.

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