Well done, absolutely the right thing to do.
One advantage that Cairn has over other oil companies that have taken baby steps to doing this is that Cairn doesn\’t have retail operations. Therefore Greenpeace and its lackies don\’t have the possibility of launching a consumer boycott in protest. As they did against Shell and the Brent Spar for example.
But to the larger point. Greenpeace do, of course, have the right to protest against what they see as undesirable policies or actions. No doubt about it, it\’s just as with free speech. Say what you will.
But along with this comes the responsibility to accept the consequences of such speech, of such protests or actions.
If your protest is costing a company €2 million a day then yes, you are responsible for and will have to cough up that €2 million a day.
What\’s that? You want to make the protest but not pay for the consequences? Ah, no, sorry, it sdoesn\’t work like that, nor should it. For by doing so you\’re saying that you don\’t actually think that your protest is worth it. If your actions cost €2 million then you\’re explicitly stating that your actions are worth €2 million. Refusing to pay €2 million is similarly explicitly stating that you don\’t think your actions are worth the they\’re costing.
So you shouldn\’t be taking that action then, should you?