Greenpeace has set out on a global cruise with its converted fishing trawler, The Rainbow Warrior, to highlight its promotion of Kyoto-like policies to combat what it sees as global warming, and uses coral reef degradation as a significant part of its evidence of the climate theory. It turns out, however, that The Rainbow Warrior itself presents a more clear and present danger to coral reefs than warm water:
Greenpeace is to be fined after its flagship Rainbow Warrior II damaged a coral reef in the central Philippines during a climate change awareness campaign, marine park rangers said.
The ship and its crew were assessed a 640,000-peso (11,600-dollar) fine after the 55-meter (180-foot) motor-assisted schooner ran aground at the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park on Monday, park manager Angelique Songco told AFP.
The ship’s bow sliced through a reef formation measuring 160 square meters (1,722 square feet), she added.
The biggest irony in this story? It turns out that the Manila reef that they wanted to highlight actually has none of the damage that Greenpeace predicted. They had expected to find bleaching and other evidence of warm-water damage to the living coral, but instead discovered that the coral remained alive and healthy — except where the Rainbow Warrior managed to kill a chunk out of it, thanks to Greenpeace’s navigational skills.
When asked about their scientific discovery, Greenpeace replied that global warming is “an extremely complicated science.” It gets a lot more complicated when its advocates destroy the evidence that contraindicates their hypotheses.