Duke Energy protest preview
Posted on 19 Apr 2009 by Rhi Bowman
Tomorrow’s a big day for protesters hoping to convince Duke Energy to halt construction on their new Cliffside Coal Plant, or “steam station” as the power company likes to call them. To prepare, the group gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Sharon Amity Road for food, fellowship and a little non-violent protest training.
The protesters will gather again for a peaceful rally at Marshall Park Monday morning at 10 a.m. to take in a few motivational speeches — including one by Gloria Reuben — before marching to Duke Energy headquarters an hour later.
While organizers say this is a “symbolic line crossing” and that they’re “not actually trying to disrupt business, we’re just trying to make a statement and bolster the movement,” they are preparing protesters to be arrested, asking them to bring a photo ID and at least $100 in cash just in case the CMPD aren’t on the same wavelength.
But, why should you care?
Did you know Duke Energy’s Riverbend Steam Station, build in 1929, is still fully operational, on the bank of a Queen City water reservoir and less than a dozen miles from the heart of Uptown?
Here’s a view of the “steam station’s” smoke stacks from across Mountain Island Lake, which provides drinking water to more than half a million Charlotte residents:
Ever wondered why people are so concerned about coal plants? Check out the Sierra Club’s “The Dirty Truth About Coal” brochure. To sum up: coal plants are wasteful, the CO2 coal plants produce antagonizes global warming, the plants are too expensive (wind and solar are cheaper says Grant Smith, Executive Director of Citizen’s Action Coalition), and — don’t forget — the pollution they produce can make you very sick and even kill you.
See who was at the training, what they were up to, and a few more pictures of the Riverbend Steam Station:
photos: Rhi Bowman; view these photos in Flickr
For more information on tomorrow’s planned protest, which will go on rain or shine, visit StopCliffside.org.