Radical environmentalism growing, report warns; sparks Greenpeace dismissal

There is a “growing radicalized environmentalist faction” in Canada that is opposed to the country’s energy sector policies, warns a newly declassified intelligence report.

The RCMP criminal intelligence assessment, focusing on Canadian waters, cites potential dangers from environmental activists to offshore oil platforms and hazardous marine shipments, representing perhaps the starkest assessment of such threats by the Canadian security community to date.

The report drew a sharp dismissal from Greenpeace — a prominent environmental group singled out in the document — which suggested it could simply be an effort by security authorities to tell the Harper government what it wants to hear.

The Canadian Press obtained a heavily censored copy of the September 2011 threat assessment of marine-related issues under the Access to Information Act.

The report was compiled by the Mounties with input from the Canada Border Services Agency, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Defence Department, Fisheries and Oceans and Transport Canada. Contributing agencies reviewed the resulting assessment.

“The Canadian law enforcement and security intelligence community have noted a growing radicalized environmentalist faction within Canadian society that is opposed to Canada’s energy sector policies,” says the report.

“Greenpeace is opposed to the development of Canada’s Arctic region, as well as Canada’s offshore petroleum industry. Criminal activity by Greenpeace activists typically consists of trespassing, mischief, and vandalism, and often requires a law enforcement response.

“Greenpeace actions unnecessarily risk the health and safety of the activists, the facility’s staff, and the first responders who are required to extricate the activists.”

Recent protests off the coast of Greenland involving Greenpeace vessels MV Esperanza and Arctic Sunrise “highlight the need to be prepared for potential threats to the safety and security of offshore oil and gas platforms.”

“Tactics employed by activist groups are intended to intimidate and have the potential to escalate to violence.”

Canadian Press

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4 responses to “Radical environmentalism growing, report warns; sparks Greenpeace dismissal

  1. This week two Greenpeace activists here in Australia were convicted of breaking into a CSIRO research facility and destroying a trial GM wheat crop. The damage cost around $300,000 and trashed a year’s work.

    Unfortunately, our limp-wristed justice system responded to this vandalism by giving them a good talking-to and putting them on a bond. The only good news is that Greenpeace coughed up for the damage (and presumably their legal fees).

    These people are fanatics who have absolutely no respect for private or public property. The courts let them off because they trooly rooly believe in what they are doing. If someone did that much malicious damage for any other reason, there is a pretty good chance that they would go to jail. At a minimum, they would be hit with reparation costs, a hefty fine and court costs. But for some reason, environmental nutters are treated differently to the rest of the criminal populace.

  2. Eric Baumholder

    These people ram boats into coral reefs, fail to get proper oil permits for onboard fuel containers, all sorts of stuff. They shouldn’t be *in* boats, much less anywhere near them.

    I’ve had this discussion any number of times with self-described environmentalists, and their standard reply is, OK, but they still helped save the whales. This makes it likely that judges and juries have the same attitude. Saving a whale covers a multitude of sins.

    • Saving a whale covers a multitude of sins.

      Really? You’d think everyone would love big oil then because standard oil did more to kill the value of whale oil for lamp lighting and saved more whales than a few airheads interrupting meat harvesting. What about edison light? You’d expect coal and light bulbs to get more respect too.

  3. I agree with Eric. Justice is not blind.

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