UPDATE: the six activists have been arrested. Local news all over the place.
From the Greenpeace website:
“Breaking news: This morning, six North Carolinians built and ascended two 20-ft tall tripods in front of Duke Energy’s headquarters with a banner between them that read “Duke Energy: no dirty rate hikes” wearing t-shirts that said, “Be a good neighbor.”
The protest follows yesterday’s announcement from Greenpeace Executive Director Phil Radford that the organization has opened a campaign against Duke Energy, and a dramatic protest on top of the 400-foot stack of an Asheville coal plant earlier this week. Earlier this month, Greenpeace flew an airship over Cincinnati with the message “Dump Duke.” In Cincinnati, residents are deciding whether to keep buying energy from Duke, or explore cleaner alternatives.”
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From one of the activists, Monica Embrey:
“…I have never lived in a community where so many people are suffering from the health impacts of coal. From children who have to miss recess because of the severity of their asthma to the parents who are battling cancer, the impact of the four dirty, coal fired power plants that surround Charlotte is unacceptable.
I am tired of Duke Energy destroying our planet while pushing the costs onto local people. Beautiful mountains in neighboring Appalachia are being destroyed so that I can keep my lights on. Every coal plant in the state of NC is leaking heavy metals into our water supply and spewing tons of pollutants into our air. Worse yet, our electric bills are going up to pay for this destruction.
This is why I chose to take a stand today and do something unlike anything I’ve done before. I’m taking action with five other North Carolinians in front of the Duke Energy headquarters to send the clear message—enough is enough. We don’t want to pay more for dirty energy.”
Read the rest of her blog and follow the action at QuitCoal.org