Greenpeace, others block train tracks to protest Apple, Duke Energy coal use

“Seven people were taken into custody in Catawba County after blocking the train tracks Duke Energy and Apple use to ship coal,” Caleb Troop reports for WCNC.

“Four protesters locked themselves to the train tracks near the Marshall Steam Station in Catawba County and two others hung a sign reading ‘Save Our Mountain Clean The Cloud.’ Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and Charlotte Fire Department officials responded around 10:30 a.m. Thursday,” Troop reports. “ctivists from Greenpeace, Keepers of the Mountains Foundation, Katuah Earth First! and Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival took part in the event. The protesters branded the train cars with the Apple logo to show that the company’s Maiden data center will be powered by more coal as it expands. It took about an hour for officials to take down the sign and unlock the four protesters sitting across the tracks. The protesters will be charged with trespassing, officials said… About 50 protesters were in front of Duke Energy headquarters on Thursday morning before the company’s shareholder meeting. On Wednesday protesters scaled Bank of America Stadium to protest coal use as well.”

Troop reports, “Duke officials say they have no problem with protestors speaking and holding signs, but have a zero-tolerance policy for incidents which cause safety problems. ‘The good news is the plants have gotten cleaner and cleaner over the decades. We’ve knocked down emissions of the main pollutants by about 70 percent so far,’ said Duke Energy spokesperson Tom Williams. ‘We’re actually shutting down a lot of our older, most dirty coal plants that don’t have thick scrubbers on them.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s the new “activism.” Make a stink and then claim credit for something that’s already been announced. The second that Apple flips the switch on the largest corporate fuel cell installation in the USA at their Maiden, North Carolina data center, expect a self-congratulatory media binge from Greenpeace et al. for “causing” something that’s already been announced to “happen.”

Greenpeace et al. should read up on Darwinism. By pandering to the dupes who would fall for such utter nonsense, all you end up with is a bunch of mouth-breathers. Obviously, they’re now getting stupider at an exponential rate.

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    1. NOT about political philosophy; Greenpeace is a totally corrupt outfit, extorting money for not protesting. They expected Apple’s progressive management, which supports many worthy causes, to pay extortion “donations,” but Jobs/Cook refused to be threatened. So this is what they do as an example or what happens when companies don’t donate. Jesse Jackson does a similar thing.

  1. “If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain.”**

    Let’s hope these guys are all about 20 years old. They’ll grow up and all will be as it needs to be…

    (“”Although Churchill is often quoted as saying this, it’s older than that, not that the source of this quote is relevant to the idea.)

    1. I’ve always liked that quote but wasn’t exactly sure if Churchill actually said it. So, slightly off topic for the page, here’s the low-down on the quote:

      Socialist at 20 Quote

      William Casey obit – I pass the test that says a man who isn’t a socialist at 20 has no heart, and a man who is a socialist at 40 has no head.

      William Casey (1913–1987), U.S. intelligence chief, director of the CIA. Quoted in his obituary, in the Washington Post (May 7, 1987).

      The saying referred to by Casey was attributed to French socialist politician and premier Aristide Briand.

      Aristide Briand : The man who is not a socialist at twenty has no heart, but if he is still a socialist at forty he has no head.

      Briand, however, appears to have cribbed the saying from another French statesman, Francois Guizot (1787-1874), who originally said, “Not to be a republican at twenty is proof of want of heart; to be one at thirty is proof of want of head.” evangelicaloutpost DOT com/archives/000700.html

      “If a man is not a socialist in his youth, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 30 he has no head” — Georges Clemenceau, Former French Prime Minister and one-time radical.

      There are many versions of this saying and many attributions of it but the original utterance seems to have been by mid-nineteenth century French historian and politician Francois Guizot, a French monarchist statesman under Louis Philippe, who said: “Not to be a republican at 20 is proof of want of heart; to be one at 30 is proof of want of head”. He was referring to the controversy over whether France should be a republic or a monarchy. ” geocities DOT com/jonjayray/sayings.html

      1. Nice work, but dangerous in present company.

        NeoCons tend to disregard anything out of hand that is inconvenient or challenges their preconceived world view. Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said- you are entitled to your own opinion- just not your own facts. Facts tend to get in the way of NeoCons and nuance escapes them.

        1. Indeed. Just read their posts here. Reminds me of the lemming birds on Finding Nemo. They all parrot the same tired garbage.

          Given your name, have you seen the story about the Minnesota cops handing out cannabis and pipes to try to coop the occupy movement?

          Back on topic, Green Peace jumped the shark, long ago. They generally act like misguided fools.

          If they truly cared about the environment they would go after Nuclear. It is a far greater, far more destructive, short and long term threat to life on this planet. Not that the process of mining, transporting, and burning coal is good either..

  2. “blocking the train tracks Duke Energy and Apple use to ship coal,”

    What? Apple ships coal? This implies Apple has a coal-powered furnace at their facility. Yeah, right.

  3. “Seven people were taken into custody in Catawba County after blocking the train tracks Duke Energy and Apple use to ship coal,” Caleb Troop reports for WCNC.
    Apple does not ship coal, buy coal or burn coal. Someone needs to fire the ‘reporter’, the assignment editor and the news director at WCNC.

      1. Note to webmaster:
        The site needs moderation or a flag button for crap like the comment above.

        Re: Nan
        Get out of Mom’s basement much?

        1. Yes, progressive-commie-tard,

          Only when a conservative schools your pathetic, parasite, ass do you want a “moderator’ to “censor” your opposition you disgusting Parasite. Stuff it.

          In other news Greenpeace is a just another extension of libtardism.

          1. Thanks for making the point about ad hominem attacks without evidence or a shred of relationship to the subject at hand.

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