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The underground activist group Anonymous has announced "Operation Green Rights/Project Tarmaggedon," a new campaign targeting the Oil Companies developing oil production from Canada's Tar Sands.

 Brian Merchant writes at Treehugger:

"Anonymous" Hackers Attack Monsanto, Tar Sands Oil Companies

Anonymous Takes on the Tar Sands

Regardless, Anonymous has already announced it's next target: anyone and everyone supporting the expansion of the Canadian tar sands project in Alberta. The tar sands, of course, has been called "the most destructive project on earth". CNET reports that "Anonymous also announced "Operation Green Rights/Project Tarmaggedon," against Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, Canada Oil Sands, Imperial Oil, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and others."

Anonymous also made Monsanto the target of a hacking attack.

In addition, the hacking collective bombarded the company's international websites and succeeded in shutting them down for nearly three days.

I have to agree with what Brian Merchant wrote about the relationship more mainstream activists have with Anonymous.

Clearly, Anonymous's support for both issues will cause some serious ambivalence amongst the numerous activists and concerned citizens already working to secure a GMO-free label and to push back against the tar sands -- the vocal support of a radical, high-profile hacker's collective doesn't exactly spur solidarity for the causes in middle America. That said, it's pretty clear that Anonymous acts of its own accord, and its extreme independence, even fickleness, is well-known.

Nobody in the green movement will condone these illegal breaches -- but few will be feeling too sorry for Monsanto or the oil companies involved in the tar sands, either.

I won't feel sorry for Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, Suncor, Imperial Oil, if their skullduggery, and their disregard for the dramatic effects that developing tar sands will have on Climate Change, all comes to light.

Why Unions Should Reconsider Support for Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

The Keystone Pipeline -a 1500 Mile Fuse to the Biggest Carbon Bomb on the Continent -Triggering the Final Overheating of Our Planet

The Keystone Pipeline -a 1500 Mile Fuse to the Biggest Carbon Bomb on the Continent -Triggering the Final Overheating of Our Planet. As the climatologist Jim Hansen (one of the signatories to this letter) explained, if we have any chance of getting back to a stable climate “the principal requirement is that coal emissions must be phased out by 2030 and unconventional fossil fuels, such as tar sands, must be left in the ground.” In other words, he added, “if the tar sands are thrown into the mix it is essentially game over.” The Keystone pipeline is an essential part of the game. "Unless we get increased market access, like with Keystone XL, we're going to be stuck," said Ralph Glass, an economist and vice-president at AJM Petroleum Consultants in Calgary, told a Canadian newspaper last week.

Maude Barlow
Wendell Berry
Tom Goldtooth
Danny Glover
James Hansen
Wes Jackson
Naomi Klein
Bill McKibben
George Poitras
David Suzuki
Gus Speth

Are we ready to say Game Over?

I'm not ready to say that.

If you have a chance to attend one of the State Department's public hearings on the Keystone Pipeline please take the time to do so. We need to send an unmistakable message that Americans don't want this destructive pipeline.


Originally posted to Lefty Coaster on Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 01:23 PM PDT.

Also republished by DK GreenRoots and Climate Hawks.

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Comment Preferences

  •  We don't face a more important issue than this (14+ / 0-)

    Plutocracy too long tolerated leaves democracy on the auction block, subject to the highest bidder ~ Bill Moyers

    by Lefty Coaster on Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 01:20:46 PM PDT

  •  This could be something "the market" (3+ / 0-)
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    WarrenS, wytcld, Nailbanger

    will take care of.

    The Canadians are already seriously miffed about the $20 they lose by selling to the US compared to Asia.

    So, they're trying real hard to figure out how to get it moved to the west coast to ship to China (probably by rail, at least over the next 5 to 10 years, although that doesn't seem like all that good of an environmental option).

  •  Can I Cheer Anon without Condoning? (5+ / 0-)
    Nobody in the green movement will condone these illegal breaches -- but few will be feeling too sorry for Monsanto or the oil companies involved in the tar sands, either.

    Why should i NOT condone an act that's only violates corporate/civil law???... but upholds a "Natural Law".

    If there is any "Natural Law" in the world,
    it is "...Exxon Mobil,
    Canada Oil Sands,
    Imperial Oil,
    the Royal Bank of Scotland,
    and others" ...
    who are the violators and must be dealt with.

    I Feel Good when I read about these comeuppances.

    Nuclear Reactor = Dirty Bomb

    by olo on Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 01:44:52 PM PDT

  •  I find it kinda funny to read (4+ / 0-)

    the struggle I see in comments about this kind of stuff. The Lawful Good majority of Daily Kos struggles against approving the (recent) Chaotic Good political actions of Anonymous.

    They want to cheer, because they agree with the actions at their core, but they feel they cannot because Anonymous ignores the rules.

    I gotta say it must be cake for Anonymous to hack these companies though. They're "old" with 80's style thinking and likely at best 90's technology.  What technically proficient employees they have are likely underequipped and passionless about their job.

    "No Mr. Rich-Old-White-Male-In-A-Suit, you can't use PowerPoint to stop hacking. No, buying bigger computers won't help!"

    •  I'm Mr. Square about LE but I'm supporting Anon. (1+ / 0-)
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      radical simplicity

      I've helped catch and prosecute a number of baddies over the course of my adult life, including at least two violent felons with dangerous histories, and including helping develop evidence for investigations of certain high-profile cases of domestic terrorism.

      My gut reaction most of the time, heck, almost all the time, is that the cops are right and the suspect is probably guilty of something but deserves a fair trial because that's how we do things in America.

      However I also believe in nonviolent civil disobedience as a political tactic.  Including the (moral) right to do it and then try to avoid getting caught (so long as you don't physically run from the police in hot pursuit or shoot at anyone) for example by doing it behind the scenes or from the shadows.  

      And I also believe that when LE is stretched beyond its capacity, or in cases where it is simply not doing its job, then it's incumbent upon the citizens to protect public safety.  

      Nothing is a bigger "public safety" or national security issue than climate instability.

      And following shortly behind that, is the issue of plutocratic and theocratic subversion of representative democracy.

      For which reasons I fully support Anon in these actions.

  •  tar sand mining sucks. (2+ / 0-)
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    Lefty Coaster, WarrenS

    It is destructive and a net loser (energy wise).

    I can't believe after all the studies we'll keep trying to find the worst ways to fuel economies.

    Thanks for this, Lefty.

    "When everyone's a crook, who can you trust?" - Queensryche

    by AZ Independent on Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 02:05:39 PM PDT

  •  Tar Sands and Monsanto (6+ / 0-)

    Two of my favourite targets.  Someone has to throw a spanner in their works and it sure as hell won't be the Canadian or Alberta governments. Go Anonymous!

    •  I <Heart> Anonymous (0+ / 0-)

      I'm happy they seem to choose worthy targets.  I wish they'd take down Focus on the Family and other religious right hate sites.  I wish I knew how to do it myself!  I don't mean to attack free speech, just cause them disruption and higher costs.  

  •   Anonymous-when they're good they're good (0+ / 0-)

    I'm glad.

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