Eco-Imperialist Bill McKibben tells economically troubled Iceland to stop oil exploration

“McKibben said that it would be an important step in breaking the ice if a county announced that it would not extract oil, gas or coal despite it being available.”

Read more at Iceland Review.

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4 responses to “Eco-Imperialist Bill McKibben tells economically troubled Iceland to stop oil exploration

  1. Warning Iceland about the dangers of extracting oil, gas, or coal? Isn’t that a bit like warning Mali about the risks of surfing and tsunamis?
    If Icelandic industry can get a drop of oil or a lump of coal out of that *volcanic* landscape, I’ll be greatly impressed! They ARE a leader in geothermal power, though.

  2. tadchem hits the obvious nail on the head. Per the US of A’s Energy Info Admin, http://www.eia.gov/countries/country-data.cfm?fips=IC , Iceland’s Oil, Nat Gas, & Coal production were all Zero as of recent years. It would be difficult to imagine otherwise to any large degree.
    - Hard to believe Bill McKibben is being even minimally honest.

  3. Thoughtful of Bill to fly in and tell them what to do.
    Some of the 20 barrels/yr per person Iceland has to import to stay alive must have been used to fly him out again.

    Did he condemn the planet destroying fishing which fuels 60% of Icelands exports?

  4. Hmmm. There may be hope for Iceland’s tax base from oil exploration/production in the ‘Dragon Zone’, per this article http://icelandpulse.com/icelandreview/7868-icelanders-to-seek-oil-in-dragon-zone . I could not easily tell where this Zone was, other than on McKibben’s NoGo list.

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