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But perhaps big oil’s biggest success was diminishing the political will to implement appropriate regulation. Even after the int

But perhaps big oil’s biggest success was diminishing the political will to implement appropriate regulation. Even after the international community adopted the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992, the fossil-fuel industry managed to block meaningful progress — to the point that, if serious action is not taken soon, the entire process could unravel.

In Europe, Royal Dutch Shell’s lobbying so diluted the EU’s efforts that there are now no binding targets for renewables or energy efficiency for individual countries. The company even sent a letter to the European Commission’s president claiming that “gas is good for Europe.” Shell and other oil companies are now promising to work as “advisers” to national governments on how to deal with climate change.

— Kelle Louaillier and Bill McKibben

Derrick Crowe

"[Shell] remains one of the most contemptible organizations in the history of humankind, and activists should not back off one inch in the fight against their depredations. The future depends on it."

— Derrick Crowe - Huffington Post

Bill McKibben

"One more thing is worth remembering: there is no more contemptible company on earth than Shell Oil. .... They watched the Arctic melt and then they decided that would make it easier for them to drill for more oil. People will remember Shell as a watchword for greed the way we remember, all these millennia later, Pharaoh as a watchword for cruelty."

— Bill McKibben - TheNation

Kevin Moore

"From a strategic planning perspective, this is the wrong site; from the perspective of Government policy which seeks to foster balanced regional development, this is the wrong site; from the perspective of minimising environmental impact, this is the wrong site; and consequently, from the perspective of sustainable development, this is the wrong site"

— Kevin Moore, Senior Planning Inspector with An Bord Pleanala

Maura Harrington

"That was the first time Ireland tested out the state – corporate nexus. What they were doing was very simple. They were sorting out their template here in Rossport. The line is: 'go in hard',"

— Shell to Sea campaigner Maura Harrington

A nation's sovereignty

“We declare that the Nation’s sovereignty extends not only to all men and women of the Nation, but to all its material possessions, the Nation’s soil and all its resources."

— from the Democratic Programme of the First Dáil, 1919

Civil disobedience

“We’re justified in resorting to civil disobedience when our cause is valid, we’re motivated by that cause to disobey, we’ve made reasonable efforts to use legal channels first, and we’re sensitive to the likely impact on other people. Civil disobedience is not just justified, but praiseworthy, when it helps to remedy grave injustices in our society.”

Kimberley Brownlee, associate professor in legal and moral philosophy at the Warwick University Law School

— Kimberley Brownlee

the Irish Times

Seán Guerin

“The overall impression given by the internal Garda investigative process was that complaints or matters of concern were put through a process of filtration or distillation so that, by the end of the process, any matter of concern had been removed as a form of impurity, and only what was good was found to remain.”

— Senior counsel Seán Guerin's report into Sgt McCabe’s allegations of Garda wrongdoing

Judge Martin Nolan

“It would be most unjust to jail these two men when I feel that a State agency had led the two men into error and illegality,”

— Judge Martin Nolan on his decision not to jail 2 ex-Anglo directors. However at least 20 campaigners have spent time in jail for protesting against of the various bad and illogical decisions that State agencies have made over Corrib. One law for the rich, One for the poor.

Ed Vulliamy

"This is one of the most important stories of it's kind in Europe."

— Ed Vulliamy speaking on Corrib and the campaign against it