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Angry Canary Islanders Brace For An Unwanted Guest - The Oil Industry

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http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/nov/10/canary-islands-brace-unwanted-guest-oil-industry

In most places the news that you’ve struck oil would be cause to crack open the champagne. But not in the Canary Islands where Spain’s biggest oil company Repsol is due to begin drilling off Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

“Our wealth is in our climate, our sky, our sea and the archipelago’s extraordinary biodiversity and landscape,” the Canary Islands president, Paulino Rivero, said. “Its value is that it’s natural and this is what attracts tourism. Oil is incompatible with tourism and a sustainable economy.”

Rivero, a former primary school teacher, is on a crusade against oil and he is not alone. Protest marches have drawn as many as 200,000 of the islands’ 2 million inhabitants on to the streets. The regional government planned to consolidate public opinion with a referendum on 23 November. Voters were to be asked: “Do you believe the Canaries should exchange its environmental and tourism model for oil and gas exploration?”

As with the weekend’s scheduled referendum on Catalan independence, the Madrid government contrived to have the plebiscite banned as unconstitutional and Rivero has now commissioned a private poll he hopes will demonstrate the strength of public opinion.

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Another issue is unemployment, currently running at 33% in the Canaries, nearly 10% above the Spanish national average. Rivero remains unconvinced that the oil business will make much of a dent on the jobless total.

“Repsol says it may create 3,000 jobs but in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura alone more than 50,000 people work in tourism and in the Canaries it’s more than 400,000,” he says. “The oil industry will not complement what we already have. In fact, it will impede it.”

Interesting that democracies aren't actually interested in democracy and letting the people speak.

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Last time I was there, the biggest issue was Africans turning up in their droves.

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So an Island that is wholly reliant on fossil fuels for its tourism and whose people fly more than most are against fossil fuels being sourced in their back yard.

Why is it once a certain section of society have money and a so called education they cant see themselves for the hypocrites they become.

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Both Norway and Scotland seem to manage both oil extraction with beautiful countryside and tourism.

I work in some parts of Norway that are as beautiful as anywhere on the planet with fantastic looking houses in full view, and theyve built great big shipyard where oil rigs come in for yard stays pretty much all year round.

Theyve the intelligence to realise that being a NIMBY will ruin their nations economy.

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We had a thread on here a year or two ago about how cheap house prices in the Canaries were - quick, let's all move there.

Is this where they do a bit of drilling, create some kind of fracking tremor, dislodge that massive cliff face which drops into the ocean and creates a tsnumai that wipes out the US eastern seaboard? I think Southern Cornwall also gets a bit wet then as well.

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Is this where they do a bit of drilling, create some kind of fracking tremor, dislodge that massive cliff face which drops into the ocean and creates a tsnumai that wipes out the US eastern seaboard? I think Southern Cornwall also gets a bit wet then as well.

Looks a bit like Swansea to me ...

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