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sHellNo: Showdown in Seattle May 16-18

Members of Olympic Climate Action will participate in some of the activities planned in Seattle to protest the Shell Arctic drilling rig Polar Pioneer May 16-18.  Carpooling may be available; contact us for details. Shell acknowledges that human-caused climate change is a problem and that government sHellNoought to set a limit on carbon emissions.  Yet they spent $55 million on lobbying in the past five years, generally to protect their interests in oil.  They know the world can’t afford the consequences of burning the oil that would come out of the Arctic, even if they could guarantee that they can safely extract it.  Their rush to drill the Arctic is a cynical bid to pump the last dollar out of the ground, consequences be damned.  And the tiny financial blip caused by their rig in our harbor pales by comparison with the benefits to our local sHellNo.org_-e1428776506461economy of moving to clean energy, with an army of working people insulating buildings, selling efficient appliances, and installing heat pumps, solar panels, and electric-vehicle charging stations.sHellNo OCA PortOCall May 2015 Here is more information about Shell, Arctic drilling, and climate change published by OCA in the May 2015 PortOCall magazine: “Nickname the Rig” contest:  We held a contest to nickname Shell’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig, and the winner is…the No-Solar Profiteer!  Congratulations to OCA member Adrian Hoban, who wins a $10 gift certificate to the Port Angeles Farmers Market. Speaking of the Profiteer:  OCA has been invited to speak about the rig and the dangers it poses at the Clallam County Democratic Headquarters, 124-A West First Street, Port Angeles, on Wednesday, May 13, 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

sHellNo:  We Can Do Better than Drill the Arctic

Saturday, April 25, 10-2, Port Angeles Farmers Market, Front & Lincoln Streets

Members of Olympic Climate Action will be at the Port Angeles Farmers Market this Saturday to stand in opposition to the Shell oil drilling rig currently moored in Port Angeles Harbor.

Shell acknowledges that human-caused climate change is a problem and that government sHellNoought to set a limit on carbon emissions.  Yet they spent $55 million on lobbying in the past five years, generally to protect their interests in oil.  They know the world can’t afford the consequences of burning the oil that would come out of the Arctic, even if they could guarantee that they can safely extract it.  Their rush to drill the Arctic is a cynical bid to pump the last dollar out of the ground, consequences be damned.  And the tiny financial blip caused by their rig in our harbor pales by comparison with the benefits to our local sHellNo.org_-e1428776506461economy of moving to clean energy, with an army of working people insulating buildings, selling efficient appliances, and installing heat pumps, solar panels, and electric-vehicle charging stations.

OCA will share information about:

  •     The drilling history of Royal Dutch Shell
  •     The dangers of drilling for oil in the Arctic
  •     Federal drilling permits in the Arctic
  •     Shell’s disastrous prior effort at drilling in the Arctic in 2012
  •     Actions planned vs. Shell once the rig arrives in Seattle
  •     The amount of oil that the world can safely burn without disastrous climate impacts
  •     The need to quickly transition to a clean-energy economy
  •     The technical ease with which we could make this transition
  •     The economic benefits to working people of a clean-energy economy
  •     The biggest stumbling block to making this transition:  the influence of money in politics

OCA members will gather signatures on two statewide initiative petitions:

  • WAmend would get big money out of elections through a constitutional amendment
  • CarbonWA would tax carbon pollution and reduce other taxes by an equivalent amount

 

OCA will also conduct a “nickname the rig” contest; the winner will receive a $10 voucher for the Port Angeles Farmers Market.

 

Protesters “un-welcome” Shell’s  Arctic drill rig at Port Angeles Harbor

A drilling rig as high as the Seattle skyline loomed into Port Angeles Harbor for a stay of two weeks before being towed to Seattle and then the Arctic.  A quickly-organized demonstration was led by a coalition of groups from the Olympic Peninsula and the region.

RainDagger Productions of Port Townsend, video documentary

KING 5 TVsHellNo

KIRO 7 TV

Seattle Times

Peninsula Daily News main story and protester interviews

The StrangersHellNo.org_-e1428776506461

NYT story about the fiasco that occurred the last time Shell went drilling in the Arctic

If you would like to be involved in further protests, contact us.
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Kayaktivists sign
OCA protesters

 

Kayaktivists on the water

 

 

 

OCA members stand in protest