I saw this article this morning in the guardian which is copied in full below. I have no issues with greenpeace, as such. In fact they do quite well in highlighting issues with PR stunts. I also understand why BP are an easy target and possibly more importantly to Greenpeace, easy PR. But if you are going to close down petrol stations – close every single one of them, including BP.

Here’s my thoughts on the matter.


A Greenpeace activist puts up a banner as they block off a BP fuel station.

A Greenpeace activist puts up a banner as they block off a BP fuel station. Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP

BP petrol stations across central London were temporarily shut down by activists today in a move they said was designed to make the troubled oilcompany adopt greener policies.

Greenpeace claimed supporters had at one time stopped the pumps at 46 outlets by stealing parts of safety switches in forecourts – action the company said was “childish and irresponsible”.

The protests, coinciding with the replacement of BP chief Tony Hayward by Bob Dudley, was meant to encouraged the public to help speed-up the end of the oil age.

Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said: “The moment has come for BP to move beyond oil. Under Tony Hayward the company went backwards, squeezing the last drops of oil from places like the Gulf of Mexico, the tar sands of Canada and even the fragile Arctic wilderness … They’re desperate for us to believe they’re going ‘beyond petroleum’. Well now’s the time to prove it.”

About 50 protesters were involved in the action today, including three teams of 12 who moved between BP sites attempting to remove pieces of safety equipment which they intended to return later.

Greenpeace said it had been unable to halt the flow at a handful of stations and some had got services back on line quickly because of back-up equipment. The action is not thought to have led to any arrests by police, whom a Greenpeace spokesman deescribed as “relatively friendly and reasonable”.

But BP said the protesters had interfered with safety systems that allowed emergency services to switch off power to the pumps. “To interfere with them is just childish and irresponsible,” a spokesman said.

The company believed up to 30 stations had been affected.

UPDATE:

I thought the telegraph made a fair point personally

The Street reports it slightly different – 76 activists and 46 shops.

Some reports are saying 50 shops and 50 people – and theres at least 3 people in one video….. erm ?

Here’s what Greenpeace had to say