Actions Speak Louder Than Words as 13 are Arrested in Virginia Coal Fight

Written by Scott Parkin

Topics: Climate

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Actions spoke louder than words today as Blue Ridge Earth First! (BREF!) and Mountain Justice (MJ) blockaded Dominion’s Richmond Headquarters early this morning. The all-woman lock down team anchored a climber who hung off a suspension bridge in protest of the air permit awarded to the company’s proposed coal plant in St. Paul, Virginia last week. This blockade is another in a line of escalating actions against coal plants and mountaintop removal in Virginia.


Backing up traffic for miles, police eventually cleared their way through to cut the activists out of the lockboxes and barrels. The climber came down on his own. The police also detained eight other support people standing on the sidewalks supporting the lockdown team.


Non-violent direct actions against coal-fired power plants and mountaintop removal coal mining are increasing this year as it becomes more and more apparent that challenging the plants legally, legislatively and in the regulatory process are only parts of the strategy and that radical action is needed as well.

Earlier this year, U.S. based-activists engaged in civil disobedience actions in Boston, New York, North Carolina and Richmond in protest of coal and coal finance. Earlier this month, U.K. activists stopped and occupied a coal train headed to the Drax power plant for combustion.

Last week, Dr. James Hanson, NASA’s climate scientist, called for “radical steps” to stop the “perfect storm” of catastrophic climate chaos.

In the spirit of Dr. Hanson’s call to action, BREF! and Mountain Justice’s message was loud and clear this morning: “We Won’t Stop Until You Do.”

While plants in Florida, Kansas, Florida and beyond are being stopped in the courts, boardrooms, regulatory commissions and statehouses, the coal industry is mobilized, motivated and well-funded to lock the U.S. into decades of coal-fired power.

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We must move out of our comfort zones and step up the actions against King Coal.

We Won’t Stop Until They Do.

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3 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. The global movement is gathering momentum! In the face of the coal hegemony people are standing up for their right to a safe future.

    Camp for Climate Action will be held in Australia next week gathering together hundreds of citizens in a peaceful protest against the world’s biggest coal port. And right now the Greenpace ship, the Esperanza, is touring Australia calling on people to support an energy revolution to clean, renewable energy.

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  2. With politicians continuing to cave in to big coal and big oil, this seems to be the only way to stop them.

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