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[–] Astromachine 8 points 21 points (+29|-8) ago 

The number of "kayaktivists" there in plastic kayaks protesting oil drilling is incredibly ironic.

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[–] shutupdonny [S] 5 points 9 points (+14|-5) ago 

Definitely, and likely this didn't occur to any of them. But for argument's sake they could be in protest of arctic oil drilling specifically because of the additional risks, and not oil drilling generally.

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[–] theSoupSmith 2 points 14 points (+16|-2) ago 

I heard an interview with them on the local news and they specifically mentioned that they knew their kayaks were plastic and that it was the location/methods they are protesting.

I think you would be hard pressed to find an avid kayaker who wouldn't be willing to pay extra for a kayak if it meant the places they adventure to would never be damaged by oil spills.

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[–] TheYak 2 points 7 points (+9|-2) ago 

thank you for being a logical voice of reasoning

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[–] Astromachine 2 points -1 points (+1|-2) ago 

Fair enough. I still think it is kind of funny, it is sort of like having a barbeque contest to protest against factory farming.

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[–] audiogarden 6 points 4 points (+10|-6) ago 

No kidding, and unless they walked there while carrying all those kayaks, they more than likely drove something big enough to stow them.

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[–] CatNamedJava 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

They store them by the river. There is a large kayak rental/storage by the river.

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[–] vicarious 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

So if I follow your reasoning, a person protesting corruption in the financial system should not be allowed to use money ?

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[–] Astromachine 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Not quite, it is more about using said item you're protesting against during your protest. Or at least the appearance you're using it.

Sort of like this.

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[–] TheBeesTrees 2 points 2 points (+4|-2) ago 

Because they use the product does not mean they can't have opinions about how it's obtained. Though I do think that many of these people might actually be horrified to find out that plastic comes from oil...

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[–] rspix000 1 points 16 points (+17|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Why they do this--Chukchi Sea Lease Sale Is a Risky Fix for Our Oil Addiction

The government estimates more than a 50 percent chance -- a probability -- of a major oil spill from these leases. There is little possibility of effective spill response in these ice-covered seas.

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[–] Poco 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

So they trust the government numbers even though it is the same government that granted the drilling rights in the first place? So is the government wrong or right?

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[–] lps2 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

"the government" is not a single monolithic entity

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[–] mcwilshire 3 points -1 points (+2|-3) ago 

"The government estimates more than a 50 percent chance -- a probability -- of a major oil spill from these leases. There is little possibility of effective spill response in these ice-covered seas."

They really ought to cite their source for this information, but hey, commondreams.org.

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[–] vicarious 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Here's from this LA Times article :

Even with Shell's overhauling of its operations, a federal report earlier this year estimated a 75% chance of at least one large oil spill over the life of the 77-year lease.

Here is the complete report from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

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[–] the_luggage 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Those kind of numbers would make exploitation highly uneconomical

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[–] i_like_naps 5 points 15 points (+20|-5) ago 

Why all the hate in this thread toward people standing up for something they believe in?

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[–] TheBrokenWorld 3 points 8 points (+11|-3) ago 

Because a large number of people in the world worship profit above all else.

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[–] Black-Hippy 2 points 7 points (+9|-2) ago 

Most people don't have the balls to do something like that. They know its bad but are too comfortable. Or they're too lazy and lack the balls.

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[–] Spacehuman 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I support their cause but I think their act is pathetic. Because their act is passive. They are relying on the boat operator not being allowed to just plow through them, which is what I would do - even though I support their cause.

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[–] OM3G4UN17 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I am pissed at these people due to traffic now being a nightmare. It's cool to stand up for what you believe but the second you start interfering with other peoples work and pay that's a problem.

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[–] Kleyno 1 points 7 points (+8|-1) ago 

Wouldn't they just be like bugs on the windshield, when that ship arrived?

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[–] Imapopulistnow 2 points 7 points (+9|-2) ago 

Would be an interesting experiment. I would fully support it in our quest for greater knowledge.

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[–] TheBeesTrees 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Probably not too far from the truth. They're banking on human decency and empathy. Which is pretty courageous of them. Unless they're banking on the captain wanting to avoid litigation. Which may be a pretty good bet.

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[–] Apoplexy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

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[–] Cid 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Their plan is to try and stall so Obama does something about it? He's the president of America...he's not on your side lol.

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[–] Sops 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

Is it illegal to knowingly run people down with your car?

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[–] Spacehuman 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

A dozen hippie deaths is probably only like a million in wrongful death suits. It's a drop in the bucket for them. The captain is probably worried about criminal charges.

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[–] refugee610 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

It's greenpeace. The best outcome is the ship splatters them like bugs on a windshield.

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[–] heimdall7 2 points 2 points (+4|-2) ago 

Would rather suck if someone with a sharp knife happen walk across that bridge.

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[–] tchovanak 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

Yes, that would. Where is this bridge?

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[–] LardOn4Bacon 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

St. John's bridge in Portland

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[–] shutupdonny [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

hardy har

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