50 BP stations shut down in London by Greenpeace activists. Reason? BP is “moving beyond petroleum.” [UPDATE: YouTube video of the actions added below]
Who else could do it but Greenpeace? In a big statement to new “CEO elect” Bob Dudley, Greenpeace is bringing back BP’s “Beyond Petroleum” message, but perhaps not in the way BP would like. Greenpeace has shut down every BP station in Central London and put up signs saying, “Closed. Moving beyond petroleum.”
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In total, 50 BP petrol stations have been shut down by small activist teams. The activists used a shut-off switch at each location to stop the flow of fuel. On top of that, the switches are being “safely removed” to prevent the stations from re-opening.
“BP’s new boss, Bob Dudley, should overturn current plans to extract oil from risky deepwater wells off Libya and in the Arctic, where a spill could have consequences even more devastating than in the Gulf, as well as from the ‘tar sands’ of Canada,” warned Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International.
At one of the stations turned off, “Greenpeace climbers replaced BP’s now infamous green logo with one better reflecting what the company’s brand currently stands for in the public mind – a logo the BP ‘sunflower’ disappearing into a sea of oil,” Greenpeace writes.
Looks like it’s time for BP to do more than come up with a new logo and catchphrase. Eyes from around the world and Greenpeace are focused on them closely now.
“We’ve shut down all of BP’s stations in London to give the new boss a chance to come up with a better plan. They’re desperate for us to believe they’re going ‘beyond petroleum’. Well, now’s the time to prove it,” said John Sauven, Executive Director Greenpeace UK.
What are Greenpeace’s specific demands for the new BP CEO and the governments that support it?
- An immediate ban on new offshore drilling and exploration of all high-risk unconventional oil sources (including in the Arctic and the Canadian tar sands)
- An end to fossil fuel subsidies and an increase in support for clean energy
- Strong laws and policies that limit climate change and stimulate a clean energy revolution.
Nice job, Greenpeace.
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