Greenpeace runs Labour as well as Greens

We have always known that the Green party was simply an outlet for Greenpeace policies. Russel Norman,?Catherine Delahunty and Richard Northey spring to mind as Greenpeace MPs.

It was clear from the Comrades’ Captain’s Call Policy (CCCP) that her instructions came directly from the rag-tag Greenpeace mob on the Beehive steps.

Now Dr Megan Woods, our bumbling Minister for Energy?and Resources, has told the House that she also takes instruction from Greenpeace. Quote.

As the member notes, I recently met with representatives of 8 Rivers. As energy and resources Minister, I meet a wide range of stakeholders. At the meeting with 8 Rivers, I listened to what they had to say. I explained that the Government has set very clear signals around policy settings and also explained to them that, as I am not a Provincial Growth Fund Minister, I wouldn’t be discussing anything related to their application. As for their case, if they choose to proceed, this is one of the issues that would no doubt be explored within the proposed feasibility study for the project and all other commercial deliberations. I do note that I made it my business in this portfolio to meet with a broad range of stakeholders in the sector, such as Greenpeace, who I met with last week, and not just the narrow, vested interests as clearly happened under previous Ministers. End quote.

This minister with a doctorate in history has responsibility for Energy and Resources and the best example she can drag up to illustrate a “broad range of stakeholders” in the energy and resources sector is Greenpeace!!!!

She then compounded the stupidity by describing Greenpeace as not being a “narrow, vested interest” group.

On what planet?

That is quite a revealing graph of the ‘scare-story du jour’ over the years.

How much has the Greenpeace non-narrow, non-vested interest group invested over the years? (US Dollars)

So, why not listen to Greenpeace? Surely they are there to help to solve the world’s problems?

Dr Chris Rose is a former Strategic Advisor for Greenpeace International, as well as the former Deputy Executive and Programme Director of Greenpeace UK. He has also worked for Friends of the Earth, WWF International and other environmental campaigning groups and he wrote the handbook for Greenpeace on how to win campaigns. (p23-25) Quote.

Campaigning involves stimulating action, best achieved by narrowing the focus and eliminating distractions and reducing options, as in advertising (Figure 1.6). Typically, it starts (left column) with a problem and moves a target audience through the stages of awareness (and alignment, not shown here), concern and so on, to action.

In contrast, education expands awareness of options and complexity (right-hand column). It typically takes a problem and shows that it is not as simple as you may have first thought.

The educational model is great for education but not for campaigning. It reaches understanding but not action. Using it to try and decide or stimulate action is likely to lead to confusion and frustration.

Attend meetings of university professors discussing a practicality to see this in practice.[…]

Contesting professors tend to make things complex and dazzle each other with clever reframing, find angles nobody had thought of, or make reference to additional bodies of information that must be taken into account. Perpetual questioning is how knowledge advances. The same discussion in a bank or a double-glazing company would probably be over in minutes. Questioning fundamentals and reflecting on things is not how business, politics or war advances.

On the other hand, listen to the professors discussing the meaning of life or public motivations, or what music is, and you will probably leave impressed, turning over new insights in your mind, maybe seeing your whole existence in a new way. Ask the bankers and the sales directors to hold the same discussion (or even ?what business is?) and you will quickly find it bottoms out in clich?, leaden tautologies and the sort of wisdom you can find in a fortune cookie (Figure 1.7).

Beware campaigners who want to educate others to see the issue in a right way before accepting their support. To be driven by principle is an admirable thing, but to campaign by trying to make others adopt your principles is not likely to be effective. As Gerd Leipold has written: ?Campaign organizations have to be opportunistic, not in terms of their beliefs and values but in terms of reaching audiences.? End quote.