Oil Trader Fisticuffs

via the latest Viridian Note, here’s an interesting look at what happens if you try to disrupt oiltrading in Britain.

‘I took on a Texan Swat team at Esso last year and they were angels compared with this lot.’?Behind him, on the balcony of the pub opposite the IPE, a bleary-eyed trader, pint in hand, yelled: ‘Sod off, Swampy.’

Greenpeace had hoped to paralyse oil trading at the exchange in the City near Tower Bridge on the day that the Kyoto Protocol came into force. ‘The Kyoto Protocol has modest aims to improve the climate and we need huge aims,’?a spokesman said.

Protesters conceded that mounting the operation after lunch may not have been the best plan. ‘The violence was instant,’ Jon Beresford, 39, an electrical engineer from Nottingham, said.

Who was it “kicking and punching men and women indiscriminately”? The oil traders themselves. Huh…. figures. To their credit, Greenpace activists themselves apparently did not reciprocate the violence. I can’t say I’m crazy about Greenpeace, but I respect them a little more after reading that. And as usual, the minions of the oil trade aren’t doing much to improve their image.

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  1. Im Jon Beresford who gave the comments to the press covered on your website. Unfortunately the press covered the violence from the oil traders, more than the point that we were raising.

    Global warming is the biggest treat to the planet and man kind. The day we carried out the protest was the day that Kyoto agreement became law, however for the oil industry, it was business as usual. While some oil companies are investing limited amounts of their massive profits on renewables, the biggest climate criminal of all ExxonMobile (ESSO) spends not one single dollar, however they spend millions funding climate sceptics, to cloudy the real issues.

    We have to act now to prevent global catastrophe, we must get the USA, who are responsible for 25% of the worlds global warming emissions to act as well and sign the Kyoto agreement.

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