Former self-described “radical environmental activist” Dr. Patrick Moore tells Oil & Gas 360® why he left Greenpeace: 

Teaching kids that humans are bad and that we are the enemies of the earth is an extremely self-defeating and scientifically incorrect concept

The climate change movement is fueled by fear and fundraising

Oil & Gas 360® interviewed Dr. Patrick Moore about his time in the early days of Greenpeace and what caused him to part ways with the organization. This is Part One of the exclusive interview.


US judge rules Greenpeace in contempt in Oregon Shell Oil Protest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday ordered Greenpeace USA to pay a fine of $2,500 for every hour that protesters dangling from a bridge in Oregon continue to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving for oil drilling in the Arctic.

There was no sign that the protesters were about to leave Portland after the ruling in Anchorage by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason that Greenpeace is in civil contempt.

Gleason in May granted Shell's request that activists protesting Shell's Arctic drilling plans be ordered to stay away from Shell vessels and beyond buffer zones.

Earlier Thursday, the Shell oil icebreaker Fennica retreated when activists dangling from the St. Johns Bridge over the Willamette River refused to leave and to let the vessel pass.
Protesters on the bridge and kayakers on the river have been blocking the icebreaker from heading to the Arctic for a drill operation.

It started its journey to the Arctic early Thursday before stalling in the face of 13 dangling activists linked by ropes. It turned around and inched its way back to Vigor Industrial's dry dock, delighting those gathered on shore in the city known for environmentalism.

"I think it's inspirational," Portland resident Lisa Szot told The Oregonian. "It's a really beautiful protest."

The icebreaker is a key part of Shell's exploration and spill-response plan off Alaska's northwest coast. It protects Shell's fleet from ice and carries equipment that can stop gushing oil.

Environmentalists hope to delay the ship long enough for winter weather to prevent Shell from drilling until 2016. By that time, they hope the Obama administration has a change of heart on the issue.

"There is no Plan B, just as there is no Planet B; we have no intention of moving until President Obama rescinds the permit for Shell to drill in the Arctic," said Daphne Wysham of the Center for Sustainable Economy.  

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