OGJ Editorial: Don't invite Greenpeace

09/16/2002
Discourse breeds discord, which in a civil setting leads to compromise, enlightenment, and progress. This is how ideas are refined in such grand realms as science, politics, and religion.Deliberate discord-conflict provoked by extremist manifesto-is another matter. It precludes compromise. It forecloses discourse. It can't enlighten.So why did the World Petroleum Congress make a place on its agenda this month for the energy campaign coordinator of Greenpeace?Sample insightHere's a sample of the insight activist Benedict Southworth brought to the meeting in Rio de Janeiro: "Oil is not a clean and sustainable energy, and so it cannot be good for anybody." Southworth's certitude ...
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