Friday, July 11, 2008

Activists spend night perched up power station chimney

ABC News Online, Posted 2 hours 27 minutes ago

Four Greenpeace activists have spent a cold night sitting on top of a smoke stack at the Swanbank Power Station west of Brisbane.

The activists - protesting against coal-fired electricity - have been on the smoke stack for more than 24 hours after breaking into the power station early yesterday morning.

Jason Collins from Greenpeace says the protesters are planning to do some painting on the side of the chimney today.

"The plan is to send out a message to go solar," he said.

"There's an obvious reason for this, Queensland is the Sunshine State and has huge solar resources, probably the best in the world.

"We'd like to hear the Prime Minister commit to have this station closed down before the next election and replaced with clean, green, renewable energy to show that he's serious on climate change."

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