Spanish Pundit (II)

febrero 13, 2007

Al Gore, the climate change and the new Prestige

Filed under: antizp,desastres,Spain,Zapatero — Nora @ 12:21 pm
Some years ago, when Aznar was Spanish president, a ship, called Prestige, which transported crude oil and fuel, had an accident and a lot of tons of (huge lot of) that most polluting substance expanded through the sea, killing marine life and leaving a lot of people without work for some time. Some leftist organizations, who were so interested in outing Aznar -or his party- from presidency, began a campaign called “Nunca Mais” (Never again, in Galician), in which they denounced that Aznar’s Government had given the Harbour Authority an order to move the boat from the coast, and considering that that order was the main cause of the bad state of the sea. A huge number of volunteers arrived there to help people cleaning the coast and leftist TV Telecinco-owned by Italian millionaire and politician Berlusconi- made a lot of programs from there to denounce the bad gestion of the crisis by the right-wing Government. Most people received the adequate compensation before Aznar finished his term.
Everything changed when Socialist Zapatero won the elections. Two summers ago, 11 firemen workers were killed in Guadalajara because of a forest fire, after Socialist Government from Castilla La Mancha refuse to accept some anti-fire helicopters from Madrid because … Madrid President Esperanza Aguirre was from PP. A lot more of irregularities happened on the process, and a social revolt took place because both Spanish Government and Autonomous Government insisted that everything had been under control, even when the number of helicopters there were not sufficient to end the fire.

Last summer we could witness how Galicia was burning without any control, also people lost their works -4 people their lifes- and the ecological damage was huge. So huge, that not only the land was damaged but also the see, as the ashes from the fires were carried to the sea by the rivers and killed all the plants and animals (mostly, crustaceans which live down in the sea). No news about “Nunca mais” platform were heard and Socialist Autonomous Government said that their behaviour in the matter had been perfect, even when some firemen were fired (yes, fired) because they did not speak Gallician.
So nowadays Algeciras has seen a ship called “Sierra Nava” made the same huge “deposit “ in the see as Prestige did. President Zapatero, Minister in charge of Harbours Álvarez had not gone there, Autonomous President, Mr Cháves (known as “Arriquitao” 😉 ) went yesterday -for Thursday Feb 8th- to say “he was not in a competition to make himself a photo and that he was not letting volunteers help the workers to clean the coast because they would not let the latter do their work”. Of course, when Prestige disaster, Socialist were calling for international volunteers, so they would tell in front of the international MSM how bad the situation was.
Socialist Governments have all three (the Major of the city is also a socialist) lied. First the said only 1 km of coast was affected, but both PP and ecologist groups said that at least 4 km are totally polluted. Then they are destroying all the remnants (beach sand and stones) of the catastrophe badly: they are putting them just on the floor so all the polluted contents are going to be transferred to the soil and to pollute the below-ground rivers. Of course, they are denying that possibility. Of course, “Nunca mais” or any other similar group have not said anything about it.
Also the tapes in which the SOS call from the ship to the Harbour authority were recorded, had been erased, according to the Government, because “electricity failed due to the storm”. Well, that is good. Less proofs we have of what happened…. and least proofs against the Government mismanagement.
But if all of these facts are most inconvenient, the visit of definite catachlysm’s defendant, US Ex-Vicepresident Al Gore, is much more comical. Because this man is proposing that Spain should be the leader of the climate defense. Of course, Zapatero did give him all the support he can (he has bought even his film to show it in all the Spanish public schools), saying that climate change is the main of all the challenges nowadays Humankind has. Not the defense of Human Rights, see? That is most inconvenient.
Well, that is cynical at the most: how on earth he is going to lead anything when nowadays he is NOT doing what is needed to diminish that ecological disaster?
Of course, I would like to know what is the idea of Al Gore about the situation in Algeciras. He had not said anything about that -that I know of-. Was he afraid of losing the contract about the film? Or is not politically correct to tell someone who is supporting you that in fact he is doing it only to feel himself better? Or is AlGore a coward to tell that to the PM? Or is he just in this for business -he has earned a lot ofmoney with the film…-? Has he been informed about it?
You know, I do not like pollution and I would like to see the oil companies change their business and began producing new sources of energy, not only because of pollution, mainly because its a suicide, strategically speaking, to be debtor of people like pro-coup d’etatist Chávez -you see, Almodóvar, he made one-, Saudi kings or lovely Ahmadinejad for something that is necessary even to transport food or to maintain alive people in hospitals.
But please, do not tell me that you are fighting against climate change IF you are just kissing the ass of someone so unworried with ecology as this Socialist Government, whose only real consideration is to perpetuate them in power. They are just ecological hypocrites as I said some days ago.
By the way, PP, don’t be idiots or cowards and demonstrate against this behaviour. And do not wait 3 centuries to make it because then the political effect will be totally lost.


This is the state of Algeciras’ beach, full of chapapote. More photos here.

Thanks to phestar for the link to the photos.

UPDATE: Also you can read what has said about Al Gore, Vaclav Klaus -thanks, lumo for the correction- (via Cuanas). An excerpt:

Q: IPCC has released its report and you say that the global warming is a false myth. How did you get this idea, Mr President?•

A: It’s not my idea. Global warming is a false myth and every serious person and scientist says so. It is not fair to refer to the U.N. panel. IPCC is not a scientific institution: it’s a political body, a sort of non-government organization of green flavor. It’s neither a forum of neutral scientists nor a balanced group of scientists. These people are politicized scientists who arrive there with a one-sided opinion and a one-sided assignment. Also, it’s an undignified slapstick that people don’t wait for the full report in May 2007 but instead respond, in such a serious way, to the summary for policymakers where all the “but’s” are scratched, removed, and replaced by oversimplified theses.• This is clearly such an incredible failure of so many people, from journalists to politicians. If the European Commission is instantly going to buy such a trick, we have another very good reason to think that the countries themselves, not the Commission, should be deciding about similar issues.

Well, I think this is a matter that should be addressed much more carefully that Al Gore is doing.

But worst things are going to come: the environmentalists theories are going to be taught in schools, even when last month the Royal Society of Chemistry said that textbooks were out of date and that lessons had “omissions, simplifications and misrepresentations“.

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10 comentarios »

  1. Eh..¿ha habido un pequeño cambio por lo que veo?

    Me he enterado de coña..

    Comentario por Chesk — febrero 13, 2007 @ 2:28 pm | Responder

  2. Eh..¿ha habido un pequeño cambio por lo que veo?

    Me he enterado de coña..

    Comentario por Chesk — febrero 13, 2007 @ 2:35 pm | Responder

  3. It’s always easier to post comments thru blogger, appart from it everything remains mostly the same. Good Job as usual.

    Comentario por snipfer — febrero 13, 2007 @ 2:35 pm | Responder

  4. It’s always easier to post comments thru blogger, appart from it everything remains mostly the same. Good Job as usual.

    Comentario por snipfer — febrero 13, 2007 @ 2:48 pm | Responder

  5. Great except that the current president name is Vaclav Klaus, not Havel. 😉 See the source of the interview: click here.

    Comentario por Lumo — febrero 13, 2007 @ 2:48 pm | Responder

  6. Great except that the current president name is Vaclav Klaus, not Havel. 😉 See the source of the interview: click here.

    Comentario por Lumo — febrero 13, 2007 @ 3:31 pm | Responder

  7. Chesk:
    Poz zí….

    snipfer:
    thanks!!! Well, I did it mostly because of the lack of space but also because they have changed the editor to a non-WYSIWYG. And I do not like that.

    lumo:
    you’re right. I will correct that right away…

    Comentario por L.V. — febrero 13, 2007 @ 3:31 pm | Responder

  8. Chesk:
    Poz zí….

    snipfer:
    thanks!!! Well, I did it mostly because of the lack of space but also because they have changed the editor to a non-WYSIWYG. And I do not like that.

    lumo:
    you’re right. I will correct that right away…

    Comentario por L.V. — febrero 13, 2007 @ 3:43 pm | Responder

  9. There is a danger whenever politicians get involved with environmental issues.

    Read this link written by Michael Crichton where he talks about the problems between politics and science. How very true.

    http://www.michaelcrichton.net/fear/index.html

    Comentario por Steve Harkonnen — febrero 13, 2007 @ 3:56 pm | Responder

  10. There is a danger whenever politicians get involved with environmental issues.

    Read this link written by Michael Crichton where he talks about the problems between politics and science. How very true.

    http://www.michaelcrichton.net/fear/index.html

    Comentario por Steve Harkonnen — febrero 13, 2007 @ 4:00 pm | Responder


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