(by Jake Levy)
Two Greenville protesters locked themselves to a generator headed for Duke Energy’s Cliffside Coal Plant in Rutherford County, North Carolina.Protesters are vowing not to let the 1.5 million pound generator, which has traveled across South Carolina on a 300-foot trailer, reach the coal plant.
The controversial coal plant would emit over six million tons of carbon dioxide every year and Duke energy is seeking to raise electricity rates to pay for Cliffside despite a recession that has made it difficult for some families to put food on the table.
In the past year and a half since Cliffside was proposed over 60 people have been arrested protesting the plant.
Protester Attila Nemecz says Duke Energy’s building of this plant is contradictory to the message it has been sending.
“Duke Energy has presented itself as a proponent of clean energy and has put itself up as a leader in the fight against climate change,” said Nemecz. “But at the same time they’re continuing to build a coal plant, which we find to be contradictory.”
Nemecz says other coal plants have been scrapped and hopes this one follows suit. She says protesters have talked to several government officials, without results.
The protest was organized by Asheville Rising Tide and Croatian Earth First! as part of a national day of action. Dozens of protests are taking place around the country in cities including Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC.