Activists shut down world’s biggest coal port

5:30am, Sunday 26th September 2010:

Global warming activists have shut down operations at all three coal terminals in the Port of Newcastle, Australia, the world’s largest exporter of coal.

At dawn this morning, teams of people entered the three coal terminals in Newcastle. The activists climbed to the top of large ship loading machines, and abseiled part-way down structural cables that suspend the loaders over coal ships. The ship loaders can’t be operated without endangering the climbers, who are determined to stay there for as long as possible.

Annika Dean, spokesperson for the protest organisers, Rising Tide Newcastle, explained the group’s motivations: “We are staging an emergency intervention into Australia’s number one cause of global warming.”

“Around the world, the early impacts of unabated global warming are beginning to emerge. 2010 has been a year of tragic weather disasters.”

“Thousands of people have died this year due to flash floods in Pakistan and China, and fires in Siberia. Millions of people are facing starvation due to a devastating drought in west Africa. These are the impacts of global warming that scientists have been warning us about for decades. Global warming is happening now, and it is killing people.”

“Australia is a major contributor to this crisis, due to the massive volumes of coal we export. We are  exporting global warming to the world. With the support of both Labor and the Coalition, Australia’s coal exports are booming. Here in Newcastle, already the world’s biggest coal port, multinational mining corporations are planning to triple exports over the next decade. It’s a similar story at all coal ports in the country.”

“Urgent action against global warming is needed. We have been forced to make our dramatic protest today because the Federal government is failing to take any action.”

“We call on Prime Minister Gillard to step up to the challenge of global warming, put an immediate moratorium on the expansion of the coal industry, and begin to replace this outdated industry with the renewable industries of the future,” concluded Ms Dean.

Check here for updates and timeline as the action continues

Posted on 26 September, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. A Greenpeace Membership could land you in the US Terror Database!

    You may think it innocuous but in future, with a membership with organizations like Greenpeace you may have to say practically goodbye to studying, immigrating or visiting the US simply because you could be in their terror database. With the US in the lead can other countries not but follow suit? Why? There are indications that the world might be finally losing its patience with the increasing trend of eco-terrorism that flows from the Greenpeace type model of protests. The tipping point apparently had been the twin events of the Discovery Channel hostage crisis in the US and Greenpeace’s unconstitutional assault on an oil rig in Greenland that had their respective governments fuming.

    A new report by terrorism researchers at the University of Maryland concludes that the deadly hostage-taking incident at the Discovery Communications headquarters in suburban Washington, D.C. meets the criteria of a terrorist act. And why this report is significant is that they happen to be the wing of Homeland Security Department of the US government.

    Read more: Defeated & Frustrated: Climate Activists Turn to Terror, Go Berserk

    • Oh Rajan, your are an angry and mis-informed climate crank arent you.

      First of all, the port blockaders aren’t Greenpeace activists, they were from a local Rising Tide group in Newcastle who have been campaigning with locals, including Coal Miners to shut down the coal port because of its role in causing climate change. Needless to say, they hadn’t anything to do with that nut-case who invaded the discovery channel HQ either, although Im sure you wish they had.

      Is this the latest tactic coming from the Climate Chane Denialist industry? Calling non-violent activists terrorists and throwing everyone who doesnt agree with you, exxon mobil and the petroleum industry’s PR hacks terrorists?

      A new low, and a sure sign of desperation.



      “No government’s condemnation of terrorism is credible if it cannot show itself to be open to change by nonviolent dissent” “There is an alternative to terrorism. It’s called justice.”- Arundhati Roy

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