This morning, in Greece’s Parliament, MeRA25’s parliamentarians are staging an all-out struggle against the ratification of disastrous contracts between the previous (SYRIZA) government and multinational oil companies. The contracts to be ratified give the companies (including Exxon-Mobil and Total) full licence to drill, extract and exploit gas & oil reserves across Greece’s beautiful seas (Ionian, Aegean, Cretan and Libyan).
Unfortunately, every other Greek party has awarded MeRA25 the monopoly over the programmatic, wholesale opposition to the exploitation of new fossil fuel sources.
The New Democracy government is, today, walking happily the path paved by the previous SYRIZA administration, who signed the original contracts
SYRIZA is now voting against ratification despite the fact that the ink has not yet dried on the contracts signed by their ministers (They are voting against on the pretext that they oppose the impending privatisation of the only Greek company involved, despite the sad fact that it was SYRIZA ministers who started the ball rolling toward its privatisation!)
The Communist Party is also voting against on the grounds that they oppose all drilling by foreign multinationals, even though they are in principle in favour of oil & gas exploitation (As if everything would be fine if climate catastrophe were accelerated by state-owned companies!)