Frack It Lucy Lawless

Lucy, Lucy, Lucy. Frack off out of my home province. Jobs are at stake.
Lucy Lawless is protesting by climbing up the tall part of a ship.  She wants to stop Shell for prospecting for oil and as part of a group of protestors has boarded a ship in Port Taranaki today.
Protestors including Ms Lawless climbed aboard prospecting ship The Noble Discoverer en route to the Artic at and are now refusing to leave. From the Taranaki Daily News.
Lawless: “As a mother and a human being I find that absolutely reprehensible. I believe we have to clean this up and take care of this burden so our children wont have to”.
What a load of bunk you speak Xena. Oil has underpinned most of the scientific discoveries that has served modern civilisation. Running out of this useful substance would be frackin’ awful. The climate change doomsayers would have us believe that we need to switch to sunshine power to save our souls as peak oil hit a decade ago and we are deluding ourselves by avoiding the inevitable.
I bet Lucy uses a car regularly and her kids have access to IPads.
Hypocrite. ¬†Does she suggest that after she has had the best of ‘Oil’, others should forgo access to technology enabled by oil?
You know? Without oil, vibrators would’ve remained on the drawing board.
I admired you for your role in Xena Lucy. It’s not often you see women in empowering roles. But now your message endangers the economy of my hometown.
I understand the imperative for Lawless; surely after participating in an ancient weapon wielding, primative tool utilizing filmset, everyday life must seem boring. An an opportunity to wage protest must be far more entertaining than sitting home embroidering ones knickers.
But Xena, what the frack about the environment do you know apart from Green slogans? They sound good, but are they substantiated?
Xena, It is only local jobs that you are hurting and sunshine power is nowhere near powering my car let alone my healthy skepticism. I know several people employed in the Taranaki oil industry and they will leave for Australia if the likes of you have your way.
And if oil were really that bad, God would have sent his thunderbolts to the ground well before man invented C.H.I.P.S. (The California Highway Patrol.)
A lot of the green information about oil is pure hysteria. I watched Gasland with some trepidation. If you see this movie it is impossible to dispel the image of tapwater going on fire allegedly because of fracking practices. This has since been debunked: the water went on fire because of the batural gas naturally ocuring in this water bore; the makers of Gasland knew this and refused to acknowledge it. Oil is a political, not a moral football. It pays to be sensible with our earth’s environment. We live in a closed system. We don’t want to be climate change enablers. ¬†But we risk losing sight of the scenery:

CHIP’S Erik Estrada. Proof God approves of Fracking.¬†

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  • robertguyton

    Good morning Monique.
    I’m puzzled by your outburst. Lucy Lawless is making considerable effort and taking some risk to her own well being to try to prevent drilling for oil in an environment she considers too vulnerable for that sort of industry. Listening to her speak, it’s clear to me that she is heart-felt in her concern and not protesting for the sake of celebrity. She’s making a brave stand against the seemingly endless exploitation of sensitive environments by extractive industries that have bad records of environmental management. Have you considered the threat to the Arctic environment from oil exploration and deemed it not worthy of your attention? Lucy has found differently. She believes, it seems, that despite the distance from her to the Arctic, it’s worth standing up for, rather than ignoring. That’s admirable, in my view. You say’ “It pays to be sensible with our earth’s environment” and I wonder if you’ve decided that drilling in the Arctic is sensible? There are plans to drill for oil in the Great South Basin below Southland here in New Zealand. The argument you put forward in your post would have the drilling go ahead but that drilling would be very far from sensible – it’s a hugely difficult, deep, vulnerable area of ocean, with a great deal of beauty at risk from oil drilling and its potential problems. If you would like me to outline the dangers of that proposal, I’d be happy to do so, but it makes me wonder if you’ve looked into the Actic proposal and made a sensible assessment of that, or rather have you just decided that Lawless is wrong?

  • Monique Watson

    Thanks. My concern is that any response to drilling endeavors is knee jerk and could damage our economy more than the environment. I suspect the Arctic is more robust than alleged by surface arguments backed by slogans. I would examine the arguments on both sides, before coming out agin or for, but I don’t think superlative demonstrations does any good. At this level it is just left vs right ideology head-butting.

  • robertguyton

    I wonder how Lucy’s actions could ‘damage the economy more than the environment’? I don’t understand what you mean.
    If you ‘suspect the Arctic is more robust than alleged’, will you find out for sure? And post your findings so that we can all be assured? I for one am far from comfortable with drilling for oil in the Arctic environment. What makes you imagine it’s okay?
    I thought your suggestion on Keeping Stock that Lucy be ‘hosed off the ship’ was interesting – a supporter of violent action against people, are you?

  • Monique Watson

    Low pressure hose. Similar tactic I use to encourage my children to calm down and talk to me or the cat to stop scratching.To me, hiding behind slogans is similar to a defiant kid tugging on his parents heartstrings. Maybe it’s the media’s fault for encouraging sensationalism as a legitimate means to gain support.

  • robertguyton

    You don’t think there’s a threat to the Arctic environment from Shell’s proposed activities, Monique?

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