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Greenpeace Dumps Coal Outside Government HQ

Published onsdag 28 oktober 2009 kl 10.25
A truck load of 18 tonnes of Coal was delivered by Greenpeace outside government headquarters in Stockholm in a protest over coal fired power stations

Greenpeace activists dumped 18 tonnes of coal outside government headquarters in Stockholm on Wednesday morning in protest at what they see as Sweden's role in the production of climate damaging C02 emissions from coal fired power stations abroad.

The coal delivered by truck came from Germany where Greenpeace say Sweden's state run energy company Vattenfall has a number of coal fired power stations which emit dangerous carbons into the atmosphere and contribute to global warming.

"We believe that Sweden's politicians shouldn't stand by while a state run company releases more than the whole of Sweden when it comes to carbon dioxide, which reflects badly on Sweden's role in any climate talks," said Anders Hellberg who's the Greenpeace spokesperson on climate and energy questions.

Asked whether there was no other way to deliver their message than dumping such a large amount of coal on the street, Anders Hellberg said that they'd tried numerous times to get their message across via other means such as debate articles but with the Swedish Prime Minister going to Brussels on Thursday for climate talks then they wanted to deliver a more direct message to Fredrik Reinfeld that he should give a new directive to Vattenfall so the company doesn't invest in any more coal fired power stations.

Greenpeace said they wouldn't be clearing up the mess, they'd be leaving it to the government.

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