Protesters arrested after blocking train carrying coal for Apple

Protesters arrested after blocking train carrying coal for Apple
After Greenpeace protesters release a barrage of black balloons inside Apple’s 5th Ave. store to protest the use of coal to fuel its iCloud service, several protesters have attempted to make their views known right at the source.

Seven people were arrested and charged with trespassing after chaining themselves to train tracks used by Duke Energy and Apple to ship coal outside of the Marshall Steam Station in Catawba County, North Carolina. Protesters also raised a sign that read, “Save Our Mountains Clean The Cloud” and draped Apple logos on the train cars, which you can see in the photos below that were captured by WCNC Charlotte, North Carolina and Greenpeace.

Activists maintain that coal is a dirty energy source that causes asthma, makes people sick, and contributes to global warming. They feel companies should be focused on using clean, renewable energy sources instead.

“Apple should be more transparent about its coal problem, and take steps to start solving it, as other tech companies have,” said Casey Harrell, Greenpeace International IT analyst in a statement.

While Apple has not commented on the events yet, representatives from Duke said they have done a lot of work to reduce emissions and plan on shutting down some of their dirty coal plants. While they support people’s right to protest by speaking and holding signs, they said they have zero-tolerance for demonstrations like this because of safety issues.



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22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

greenpeace only latched on to this because they know Apple would be mentioned, which brings the headlines. Lets be honest. Hippies wont let us build more nuclear reactors which are 100x safer than the ones we built 40 years ago... which are still running.. hippies wont let us drill for oil, or even natural gas without issues.. You cant force the world to change its fuel source over night. Period. As far as the apple part of this story. After all the goblygook about their new headquarters and its reduced carbon footprint, I'm dissapointed in them that they didnt put at least solar panels on the roof to offset some of their electric usage. At least then they could claim to be trying to reduce pollution. Thats the 2 faces of Apple.. The public face that "talks" about being more green, and the private face that wants it a cheap as possible regardless of where it comes from.

24. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

this move from greenpeace doesnt surprise me, i used to work for a contractor and we were out at a power plant in southern ill. One night a group from greenpeace had snuck onto the plant via the cannal, and painted "coal is murder" on all the smoke stacks.

29. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

what a bunch of morons. for one month i wish they would live without everything oil, coal, and everything else provides. No plastics, most medicines disappear, no electricity, paved roads, computers, synthetic fibers of all sorts, and about 95% of what makes us a modern society. I bet half of them run home to their air conditioned houses within 2 weeks. frikkin morons.

21. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

People dont seem to understand how hard it would be to stop depending on coal. I think most people truly dont understand what all coal is used for. it is not only a power souce, its a major ingredient in steel making, tar and concrete. the by products or coal are fly ash, tar, multiple gases, and coke. Fly ash-major component of concrete, fly ash is what actually alows the concrete to set and harden when mixed with water Tar- used for paving roads repairs ect ect..... coke- ingredient that is mixed with iron ore, this is how steel is made. Coal is not just something we can get rid of, if we did that means multiple industries would take a huge hit, not just the power industry

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i just learned something new :)

25. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

See, not all us steel workers are mindless goones, lol

19. ap1989

Posts: 145; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

stop buying apple products and buy android great way to protest

36. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Are you sure about that? Do you think Android manufacturers really care that much more about the environment?

18. I_Slap_Fat_Kids

Posts: 40; Member since: May 04, 2012

The train should have hit them... I honestly hate Greenpeace nearly to the extent which I hate the Westboro Baptist Church. It's not because I'm against being environmentally friendly or conserving resources, it's because I disagree with the methods of their activism. Such protest is the kind of thing that scares people away from helping these matters due to its extremist, and in this case criminal, nature. This leads to more harm than good by dividing people and putting them at odds with each other, as opposed to bringing them together to support a common goal. They should stick to legal methods of influencing policy such as litigation, lawful protest, and advertising campaigns. Sorry, [/rant].

35. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Don't apologize, it had to be said.

16. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

"chaining themselves to train tracks used by Duke Energy and Apple to ship coal" So Apple is involved in the transportation of coal? Common people. The only way Apple is involved in this is a certain amount of the electricity they run their server center on is from coal. Apple doesn't ship it, and Apple doesn't buy coal. Apple buys the end result.

17. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

It's the end result that counts.

20. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Obviously, you've never worked with coal, the end results of coal are far worse than coal itself.

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

If I remember correctly, isnt this particular Apple center supposed to be using Renewable resources to power the place? I remember Apple braggin about that. Dumb for Greenpeace to block the tracks, clever of them to put Apple logos on the train, bad of Apple to lie about their power sources.

9. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Greenpeace, in case you haven't heard but coal is the primary fuel source for the mass majority of the USA. You want change? Please feel free to invest into nuclear power or other alternative renewable resources for fuel.

12. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Actually after thinking about it, Apple IS a hypocrite. They force Foxconnn to change their labor policies and work environment but yet they can't seek alternatives for powering their data center.

14. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Maybe they can put some of their ungodly profits into the issue.

31. akshaye.shenoi

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

FYI Apple's new Headquarter under construction in Cupertino is extremely energy efficient. 13,000 trees are supposedly surrounding the spaceship like building. Plus they have their own power plant which uses 'clean' energy. Check it out. http://www.pcworld.com/article/251634/apples_spaceshiplike_headquarters_to_be_shrouded_by_trees.html

7. Republican

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

How dare they oppose Apple? To Guantanamo with them. Time for some waterboarding. Nobody can impede the progress of the Free Markets and be allowed to go unpunished.

4. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Poor apple. Nobody likes them. Except taco

8. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

they dont want to be liked as long as they buy their products...

30. akshaye.shenoi

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

Does the Like meter respond to your dull-witted statement?

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

only way to stop iCoal is for them to stop using iProducts

2. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Instead of blocking the trains (dangerous) why not block the mines and/or power plants? It'd cost apple more money if the coal were already mined but sitting unused than interrupting the train (which also causes collateral interference for other goods and services moved by the same railway and trains)

28. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Why is it okay for mainland China to use coal to power its plants to make android handset so android users can have the latest android devices? Would people stop being hypocrites for a change. American consumers buy so much junk (shoes, clothing, computers, etc) from mainland China, and these same American comsumers should be intelligent enough to know how much coal mainland China uses to make said consumer products. Please just stop the madness!

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i actually agree with ardent on this.

39. rn9215

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Its at least a step forward to stop using coal....we must discourage usage of dirty energy sources where ever it may be!! And stop with the android-apple bull sh*t...it has nothing to do with it!

1. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Way to go, Greenpeace!!! Kudos to you!!!

5. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

great way to promote getting arrested..

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It's also a great way to slow down environmental progress: obstructing business translates to loss of money, which impedes the economic viability of transitioning to green energy. Greenpeace's idea of change follows the same idea as when religious fanatics force their religion on people instead of letting them convert on their own time. People will still jump on Greenpeace's bandwagon if they're working to hurt Apple though. I'm sure most people on this site never cared about this issue until Greenpeace started brought it to light, and suddenly they care.

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