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Greenpeace Blocks Coal Ship In Denmark

Speaking of Greenpeace…

First from France’s (approving) AFP:

Greenpeace Activists Stop Unloading Of Coal Ship In Denmark

Thursday December 4th, 2008

COPENHAGEN (AFP)–Nearly 30 Greenpeace activists Thursday blocked the unloading of coal from a Panama-flagged cargo ship for the second day to protest the fuel’s damaging effect on the climate, the group said.

“Eight of them (activists) spent the night on one of the two giant cranes of the (Enstedvaerket) power plant while 20 others tied themselves to the coal conveyor belt so it could not be taken to the plant,” Christina Koll of Greenpeace told AFP.

The Greenpeace action “is to protest the use of polluting coal in Denmark, a country that prides itself in spearheading the fight for the environment”, she said.

Police didn’t act Thursday to remove the demonstrators. On Wednesday they briefly detained two Greenpeace militants for trespassing.

Greenpeace says the Enstedvaerket plant which is owned by Danish state company DONG Energy burns 800,000 metric tons of coal every year, producing 1.9 million tons of carbon dioxide, a gas that contributing to global warming.

Greenpeace says that Denmark, a country of just 5.5 million inhabitants, is the world’s fifth-largest importer of coal, importing and burning 8.3 tons of the fuel on average every year, and causing 19 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

The Greenpeace action began Tuesday when activists unsuccessfully tried to board the 300-meter Hanjin Imbari in the Baltic Sea as it carried a load of South African coal to the Enstedvaerket coal plant in Aabenraa in southwestern Denmark.

The action intentionally coincided with this week’s U.N. climate talks in Poznan, Poland, as well as with European Union negotiations on legislation to combat global warming, Greenpeace said.

Tarjei Haaland, Greenpeace Nordic’s climate and energy campaigner, said Denmark would late next year host a U.N. climate change conference, which he described as “the most important climate negotiations the world has ever undertaken.

“Denmark must take the lead and quit coal,” he said.

We imagine it is getting kind of chilly in Denmark in December.

Funny how these reports seldom get any reaction from the “man in the street” to these heroic actions.

Meanwhile, here is what is behind all of this dangerous nonsense, from Greenpeace’s very own website:


We want the world to QUIT COAL!

Messages from the front line of the campaign against coal.

Quit Coal Tour

“The single greatest threat to the climate comes from burning coal. Coal-fired generation is historically responsible for most of the fossil-fuel CO2 in the air today” — Jim Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Burning coal is the single greatest cause of climate change. Our flagship, the Rainbow Warrior is sailing across the Mediterranean and Europe calling for this region to quit coal and save the climate.

The Rainbow Warrior and the Arctic Sunrise are taking the clear message to “Quit Coal”  to 11 Mediterranean and European countries ahead of crucial UN climate negotiations taking place in Poznan, Poland this December. From Israel to Denmark, the tour is highlighting that to save the climate, we have to end our dependence on coal, and adopt more clean energy solutions.

Through a variety of high profile Greenpeace campaigns, on-board and in-port activities, exhibitions, concerts and more we are spreading the message that we can fight climate change but only if we quit coal, and catalyse a revolution in the ways we use and produce energy.
Take Action!

    * Give coal the boot in the UK!
    * Tell Israel to Quit Coal!

The Rainbow Warrior has already been involved in successful “Quit Coal, Save the Climate” campaigns in New Zealand, the Philippines and Thailand, in 2008.

Coal fired the furnaces of the 19th century’s Industrial Revolution. Today, this dirty fuel generates 40 percent of the world’s electricity. From mining through to burning and beyond, coal leaves a trail of environmental destruction. More polluting than natural gas, or even oil, the effects of burning coal have become a global problem as the impacts of climate change continue to escalate.

One-third of all carbon pollution comes from burning coal and power plants are the largest sources. Unless we take action now, carbon emissions from burning coal may be 60 percent higher in 2030 than they are now –  threatening any agreements to cap emissions and save the climate.

Our societies – industries, schools, homes – can use energy more efficiently, reducing pollution and saving money. Clean renewable energy such as wind, wave and solar power can and must be harnessed to provide global energy needs and cut carbon emissions.

Our energy [r]evolution blueprint for Europe demonstrates that phasing out nuclear power and massively reducing CO2 emissions is possible.

Become an energy [r]evolutionary!

Sign up now to receive updates about this tour along with other news on our activities and ways you can take action towards a green and peaceful future. 

And darned if they aren’t going to make us “quit coal” — for our own good.

The Rainbow Warrior has already been involved in successful “Quit Coal, Save the Climate” campaigns in New Zealand, the Philippines and Thailand, in 2008.

“Successful”?

Does this mean that New Zealand, the Philippines and Thailand have stopped using coal?

Who knew?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 4th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Greenpeace Blocks Coal Ship In Denmark”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Get rid of coal for the nuclear glow. If terrorist blow up a coal fired plant you get coal dust but if you blow up a nuclear plant you get radiation around the world. Yeah…. these clowns are thinking out of their obama!! Better stick to saving whales……not even good at that either.

  2. sen says:

    Note how these Greenpeace junkies don’t have any solution to our coal “addiction”. Like most other liberal policies, environmentalism of the Greenpeace variety merely asks us to do (rather, obey), but does not provide any alternatives. Nuclear power? Oh my God, that’s so risky! Wind power? Yikes, that will injure the poor birdies during their migration season. Umm… tidal power? You really want to do that to Mother Earth? Ask them for a reasonable alternative, and they will look at you like a spoiled, snotty child and pout.

    Ergo, these tofu-chomping, hemp-clad Gaia worshippers won’t be satisfied till we go back to living in the Dark Ages, using the meager light of candles and running around in fur-skins hunting for our own food. Dang, even then Greenpeace (or PETA) would be behind our butts yelling at us for harming the animals.

  3. bobbys says:

    I guess we could go back to whale oil lamps. Are not Whales a renewable resource??.

  4. proreason says:

    How can a concept as good as protecting the environment become so perverted?

    Everything liberal wacko’s touch becomes a sickness.

    They must hate themselves as much as the homosexuals.

  5. Anonymoose says:

    Last I heard there was enough coal at the current consumption rates to last 1,000 years, much more than oil. But it is dirty and polluting—but what else is there? Like everyone else is noting, what else are we supposed to use?

    Stunts like theirs only make people mad, they don’t start “thinking” about saving the environment. Maybe someone should figure out the carbon footprint of the Rainbow Warrior (I’m guessing it’s oil fueled) and all the carbon the news media generates in electricity and paper production from reporting their anrtics, they might keel over of a heart attack from the shock.

  6. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    I never have liked Green Peace. And while I admit that we have a certain responsibility to care for our environment, the whack jobs take it to the extreme. Even if the Danish government were to drop coal altogether, it would take a few years to bring another alternative fuel source into operation. In the meantime what is everyone supposed to use to heat their homes in the winter time? Has Green Peace really tried any of their antics in Isreal? I’m sure the Isreali Defense Force would quickly show them the error of their ways.

  7. SinCity says:

    It’s been awhile since I have posted, but been lurking ever since. However, this is where I call “Bull Crap”.

    The article says: “Eight of them (activists) spent the night on one of the two giant cranes of the (Enstedvaerket) power plant while 20 others tied themselves to the coal conveyor belt so it could not be taken to the plant,” Christina Koll of Greenpeace told AFP.” -art.

    I am in Denmark right now, and believe me, there is no way any of these hippie a-holes spent the night anywhere outside! The temperature is bitter cold, especially at night. I don’t think that it has climbed above 30 degrees during the day. The layer of Ice on my car every morning is nothing less than stunning! This is yet another instance that the dip-sh** media just writes down what these pot-heads say as fact. I, more than ever in my life, have never been more fed up with the media and their brainless lies.

    Their dreamed up “facts” are nothing more than a pot induced illusion (I truly think that these f**ktards have smoked themselves stoopid). Denmark is at the forefront of wind power. They are the pioneers of the technology, just look at a map of the sheer volume of wind farms here and anybody with two brain cells to rub together can see that DK is not the, “the world’s fifth-largest importer of coal”. They have tons of off-shore wind farms that produce huge amounts of electricity as well as the land based farms. In the agregate they simply don’t need to burn THAT much coal for 5.5 million people! It’s all a load of crap.

    I just cannot wrap my brain around this mindset… wind power is a great way to augment any power system, it’s clean and very efficient. However, when there is no wind, there is no power to be produced… therefore you need nuke, coal, gas turbine and oil to take up the slack. Even the most windiest windfarms have days where the air just stands still. So, what will they have us do… lights out for an entire country, because it’s a calm day? Thats just assinine! And all for a condition, Global Warming (or is it cooling now… I lose track… oh ya, it’s now “Climate Change” there that covers it all) that doesn’t even exist. If you believe that human activity can affect PLANETARY FORCES… then BO is the messiah!

    You journalists out there that might be reading this blog I have a message for you… you ALL SUCK! You lying wastes of skin rate below used car salesmen, lawyers and politicians, because they are more honest than you or your crappy lazy profession. Go get a real job, maybe, just maybe you might learn a little skill that many of us (unfortunately not most) have… that is C-R-I-T-I-C-A-L T-H-I-N-K-I-N-G! I have exactly zero respect for your blow-dried looks and dumbed down profession. You have no honor, because you have no familiarity with truth…. END RANT

  8. SinCity says:

    Anonymoose: I’ve seen one of their boats while I was in the Navy, not sure if it was the “Rainbow Warrior”, but what I do remember is that it left a HUGE slick of fuel oil in its wake. And it belched out a ton of smoke too… seems that they were too busy getting high out on the open seas to do even the most basic of maintenance on their equipment.

  9. proreason says:

    “You journalists out there that might be reading this blog I have a message for you… you ALL SUCK! You lying wastes of skin rate below used car salesmen, lawyers and politicians, because they are more honest than you or your crappy lazy profession”

    too mild (except for ranking them below politicians. Only God could decide whether the bottom of the cesspool is licked by politicians or “journalists”)


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