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An eco-cruise ship ran aground in Alaska, spilling 5000 gallons of fuel in the water.

This is almost as good as the environmentalist who was brutally killed by a rampaging tree a few days ago.

Posted by Rand Simberg at August 02, 2004 11:30 AM
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If at first you don't succeed...

I did a google search on Clipper Odyssey to see how they marketed their "eco-cruise". I was surprised to see in the search results that the incident occured exactly 2 years to the day of a previous grounding.
(USCG report) I guess they will keep trying until they create a real environmental catastrophy.

Posted by teej at August 2, 2004 12:50 PM

Take a look at the comments for the killer tree, and you will find a classic Victim Whine about hurt feelings added several days after the posting.

Posted by Raoul Ortega at August 2, 2004 01:23 PM

Heh. One of my favorite recent ironies is the lumberyard in Utah that was torched by an environmental group. They were protesting the emissions from a diesel forklift. If I had some free time, I would calculate how many CENTURIES that forklift would have to run before emitting as much hazardous emissions as the fire. Products of uncontrolled fires are pound-for-pound far more toxic than diesel emissions.

Dan DeLong

Posted by Dan DeLong at August 2, 2004 01:49 PM

Another one like that (IIRC) was all of the SUVs that were torched a few weeks ago at a southern California dealership.

Posted by Rand Simberg at August 2, 2004 01:53 PM

I attended a local falconry meet a while ago (I'm an apprentice falconer) and one of the speakers there was an ecologist and falconer who lives in Alaska, close to where the Exxon Valdez ran aground.
First, it would not have been there if the eco-nazis hadn't forced the pipeline to stop there.
Second, in response to the spill thousands of people came to the shoreline and used steam to clean the rocks.
Third, because the shoreline is the most biologically active place, the whole ecology of the coastline was destroyed.
Forth, the eagles, hawks and other birds who lived along the shore were not suffering from the spill because the wave action along the shore was turning the spilled oil into lumps that were sinking. But with all the people and steam cleaning, every eagle's nest along the spill line and for three miles on either side were abandoned, either because the birds starved or moved elsewhere. The local ecologies have not yet recovered from the human intervention, when before it was suffering but coping.

Posted by Aleta at August 3, 2004 05:58 PM


Yes, but the motives of the thousands was pure, and therefore, whatever the consequences, the actions were good.

Being liberal, more and more, is concluding that the means justify the ends.

Posted by Dean at August 4, 2004 08:17 AM

Anyone remember the bear lover who got himself and his girlfriend et by a bear?

Posted by Bill Peschel at August 12, 2004 11:13 PM

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