It seems to be the world’s largest oil-producing countries will not stop anything from continuing to drill, despite the fact that it exacerbates climate change and its devastating effects. Saudi Arabia, which produces heavy oil, recently introduced a new tactic: it makes oil rigs look cool.
Earth Public Investment Fund, its sovereign wealth fund, has announced a new tourism project called “RIG.”, a resort with more than 1.6 million square meters (150,000 square meters) inspired by offshore oil platforms. As you might have guessed from the name, THE RIG. is a literal oil platform in the Persian Gulf containing 3 hotels, 800 rooms, 11 restaurants, water slides, a water slide, a Ferris wheel, a wheelchair, bungee jumping, diving and an arena for performances, among many other things.
Did I mention you can get to the RIG. by ferry, yacht, cruise or helicopter?
Now all of this might sound cool in an alternate reality where our planet was not in a climate crisis and where encouraging unnecessary pollution was a good idea. But we live in this reality, where fossil fuel companies are destroy the climate and humanity is ua “Code red.” In this reality, Saudi Arabia’s shameless attempt to please the public with its oil platforms by literally creating a beautiful, shiny and fun platform is disgusting. It is also dangerous because it reduces the challenges posed by climate change.
However, you could never deduce this from the way the country advertises THE RIG. Obviously, not a single dollar has been spared in creating a great resort announcement video that shows you videos of people with RIG. in their eyes. You can check this below.
THE RIG.’s Web page is also supreme, although its purpose is evil.
“Offshore platforms are created for discovery. THE RIG. it raises that heritage to a higher level, ”reads a statement on the resort’s website. “This is a cutting-edge living lab for pioneering new thrills, extreme sports and adventures. Climb up and experience the future of adventure. ”
To insult the damage, the Public Investment Fund claims to follow “world-leading standards and best practices” on environmental protection in order to maintain the environment around the RIG. The easiest way to do this without costing anything would be to not build a resort at all, but what do I know?
It is not clear when the RIG is. it will be open to the public or even built. What is undoubtedly clear is that Saudi Arabia’s new resort is a completely unnecessary and wasteful endeavor that only exacerbates the climate crisis.
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