A Boulder activist with Frack Free Colorado hung from the bridge with other Greenpeace activists, delaying the Shell icebreaker ship from getting up Alaska. The activists who were hanging 100 feet below the bridge and 100 feet above the water and roped together. After 3 of them were removed by police, lots of kayaks tried to block the ship. When the police grabbed the kayaks, some of the kayakers dove into the water and swam out to try to block the ship. This delay might keep the drilling from happening, the ice free season is short. Save the Arctic, Block Shell
This reminds me of Ben White of the Animal Welfare Institute. He would swim next to navy ships with super loud sonar and next to oil prospecting ships with super loud sounds, to put his body in the way these tests that would harm whales, dolphins, and fish. He also would cut the nets that trapped dolphins and whales that were being trapped for aquariums. LinkLink
New loopholes would remove protections from ponds, wetlands, and streams if they are over 4000 feet from other waters, if they are used for farming, ranching, or silviculture, if they are channelized or ditched, or if they are connected underground to other waters.
Goldman Sachs burdened Greece, Oakland, and the Detroit Water Dept., and the Chicago school system with huge fees and penalties involving complex interest rate swaps (financial derivatives), according to Robert Reich in the Nation. The amounts are large: $ 793 million in fees from Greece plus an increase in its debt of $ 2.1 billion, a $200 million penalty for the Chicago schools to get out of their swaps, $ 547 million to terminate the swaps for the Detroit Water Dept., and a $16 million penalty for Oakland. These entities did not realize how risky and expensive it would be to enter into these swaps and then to get out of them. It is similar to what happened around 2008 when big banks sold risky swaps and derivatives as safe and lucrative investments, which later lost much of their value. The governments were not always innocent; Greece was trying to hide its debt and had spent too much. But Reich says that Goldman minimized costs and risks and exaggerated the benefits, and the governments did not understand the risks and costs. Greece was also corrupt and allowed taxes to be avoided, and it also was gullible or stupid.
Reducing fishing, protecting marine areas, and banning large trawlers help. Activists are organizing in the Blue Frontier movement. David Helvarg wrote about saving the seas in the Progressive. He wrote Saved by the Sea: Hope, Heartbreak, and wonder in the Blue World.