Activists block train shipment of coal; protest Duke Energy's annual meeting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Environmental activists blocked a train shipment of coal to a Duke Energy plant outside of Charlotte, on the same day that protesters gathered outside the company’s shareholder's meeting in uptown.
Greenpeace spokeswoman Molly Dorozensk said Thursday that four activists handcuffed themselves to tracks, while others marked freight cars with stickers of Apple's logo. Apple is building a datacenter in North Carolina.
Environmentalists say Duke is using that site and other massive datacenters in the state to justify investment in coal-fired plants.
Police arrested the protesters on the tracks.
Meanwhile, about 50 people demonstrated outside Duke's headquarters before the shareholders’ meeting. They called on Duke Energy to focus on renewable energy, saying coal is making the people of Charlotte sick.
The CEO said the company is trying to move away from coal over the next 30 years. It's planning to retire high emission coal plants, like Riverbend Coal in Mountain Island Lake.
The company is also looking to shift to more solar, wind and nuclear power. But protesters say it's not happening quickly enough.