Beluga whales, on the brink of extinction, now threatened by a greedy billionaire. It’s time to hold these people responsible.
As could be expected, the US oil and gas industry has served up yet another ecological disaster that threatens our oceans, atmosphere, and our seafood.
As if the Alaskan coast wasn’t suffering enough, with the:
- climate change driven overheating of the Arctic (due to fossil fuels);
- the plastic waste (derived from oil) in some places 40 tonnes per mile;
- Fukushima radiation (from another unsustainable energy source).
Alaskan wildlife now has the Hilcorp Holocaust to deal with. Thanks Jeff.
A gas pipeline in Cook Inlet is leaking over 200,000 cubic feet per day of powerful greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere. The CEO of the company is reluctant to shut it down because it is powering four oil wells (i.e. making a shit-pile of money).
Burning gas to make oil!!! Don’t get me started on Thermodynamic Oil Collapse, carbon emissions, and the Energy Return on Energy Investment.
This time the villain is not Tony Hayward from BP – the man whom most people rightly associate with the ecocide in the Gulf of Mexico. Incidentally, go and watch the movie Deepwater Horizon starring Mark Whalberg, it’s excellent, although it covers the destruction of the rig, not the eco-disaster that followed.
This time the (maybe) evil-fiend – public enemy of every living thing on the planet – is Jeffery Hildebrand, the Chairman and CEO of Hilcorp, He is worth over $4 billion and seems pretty happy about that. I say ‘maybe’ evil-fiend, because what he does next will ultimately determine his status as ecocidal psychopath or stand-up guy.
Next time you order seafood, think of this face.
Think about how much good his $4 billion could do for the world,
if it were expended on environmental restoration.
Now, I can’t speak for what the Happy-Jeff will do next, but what I read thus far, is that he will do what is necessary to ensure that this inconvenient ecological catastrophe doesn’t affect his wealth and prestige. That’s the normal pattern with the subspecies of humanity: Homo petroleumus. Is he one?
Well, I have a different plan. In my view of the world, the oil industry ought to be wound up over the next decade to facilitate the orderly transition to zero carbon economy, world-wide. We all know that the biggest obstacles to that sustainable future are the billionaires. Today, the billionaire-limelight falls on Happy-Jeff.
Now, I have been writing about these things for years and I find a great deal of satisfaction in slicing up these psychopaths through my fiction novels.
In the novel Intervene the bad guy from Deepwater Petroleum is Tom Wayward – he gets shot to death with an silenced M4 carbine by a biker, hired by a spaceman called Zem who is worth $20 trillion, and who came to Earth on a ten year mission to restructure the global economy to make it sustainable.
In Aquaria – oilman Tex Drillerson tries to turn the world’s most popular public aquarium and marine science precinct into a oil production facility. He fails, and has his wealth stripped away by Lucy Callahan, the Sealioness of Aquaria Bay, with the help of finance Guru Stacey Keiser, after Lucy’s dopey boyfriend burns his rig down with a barrel of ethanol, a biofuel made from algae.
In The Oil Price, the CEO of Peking Petroleum, gets blown up by his own suicide bomber, then gets his head punched by Danny Lexion, and squirted with 9mm rounds by the ‘pacifist’ Bren Hannan who just had a gut-full of oil men. Bren realised that when the oilmen are at war with the planet and everything in it, then it’s time to go to war back.
In the novel Heart of Bone billionaire poison merchant Gilly Clay is poisoned to death by his Head-of-Security with 3-nitro-benzathrone, the most toxic substance known to science (produced in diesel engines). Gilly Clay makes his money from anything toxic and he loves oil shale, so he deserves everything he gets.
Anyway, back to Happy-Jeff …
My model is very simple: Atonement or Ecoseppukku. It goes like this.
Given that this eco-disaster – that threatens endangered beluga and humpback whales – has happened on Happy-Jeff”s watch, then he must:
- Do everything in his power to end the disaster, asap;
- Clean up the mess that has been made;
- Resign from the petroleum industry and never go back.
Happy-Jeff can get out of this mess with most of his ill-gotten wealth intact if he chooses this path. Failing that, he must commit Ecoseppuku.
Unlike its Japanese namesake seppuku (also known as Hari-kari) – which is cheap and relatively quick – Ecoseppuku lasts a lifetime, and can be very, very expensive.
If Happy-Jeff does not atone, then he ought to divest his entire wealth to environmental charities, and spend the rest of his life, poor, working for them.
Now the happy-billionaire may be reluctant to go down this path himself, so it is up the community to force his hand. I’m not advocating violence, despite what my (sometimes) gruesome fiction novels might imply.
Instead, I am advocating a popular uprising against the fossil fuel elite who are retarding the cultural development of the human race, and driving our species, and all the rest, to extinction.
If you think that this approach is inappropriate because it is too personal, then consider this. If the gas spill were taking place in Happy-Jeff’s backyard, I would have no stake in it, and I would butt-out.
But the spill is happening in the commons – that’s my ocean, and your’s. And it’s not up to smug billionaires to determine whether the common areas live or die. That is the decision of the global community.
Keep smiling Jeff. It’s you’re move, mate.