Reposted from It’sgettinghotinhere
Published by Sparki, July 6th, 2012
In case you haven’t seen it yet, the North Carolina Legislature has ratified a law that makes trespass on a power generating utility property a felony.
This is how effective direct action in the climate movement is becoming.
In the spring Greenpeace organized a coal smokestack occupation of a Progress Energy facility near Asheville, NC. A couple of days later, they occupied the front of Duke Energy’s headquarters in Charlotte. Then in May, they organized a coal train blockade on tracks going into another Progress Energy Facility outside of Charlotte.
This legislation comes on the heels of the Duke-Progress merger and as Greenpeace campaigner Robert Gardner has recently said it is being passed to “further insulate Duke Energy from public protest.”
In Raleigh-Durham, Croatan Earth First! has been building a campaign against the state’s burgeoning fracking industry. It’s only a matter of time before they begin to employ direct action tactics as well. Continue reading
- Seven activists were arrested today for halting the delivery of coal to dirty Duke Energy. These activists, James Brady, Elizabeth Mount, Sarah Newman, Gabe Wisniewski, Mickey McCoy, Adam Hall, and Eric Blevins all stood directly in the way and gave Big Coal a direct command: STOP! These activists represented several organizations from within the region: Keepers of the Mountains Foundation, Greenpeace, Radical Action Mountain People’s Survival (R.A.M.P.S.), and Katuah Earth First!
These activists are each facing a count of impeding a railroad operation, and are currently held on a $10,000 bond. This bond pales in comparison to the damage wreaked by Duke Energy, pales in comparison the profits made by Duke Energy at the expense of the people of Appalachia, and pales in comparison to the price handed off to future generations.
These seven folks stepped up to the plate. What will it take for you to cross the line that Duke Energy has drawn in sand? What are you going to do?
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