Photos courtesy of Greenpeace
If you've been following my reporting the last couple days, you already know all about Greenpeace's ambitious anti-coal protests in Chicago -- two separate teams of activists scaled a 450 foot coal plant, and then dropped a banner off a bridge that blocked the approach of a barge carrying a shipment of coal. The events caused a major ruckus in the city, and were covered by just about all of the local media outlets. But the crown jewel of the action was what you see above: A message painted on a span of smokestack hundreds of feet tall reading 'Quit Coal'. The pictures were inspiring enough to spur Bill McKibben to tweet "This picture makes my day":
Here's a shot of the activists painting the stack:
And here's a 'before' shot I snapped yesterday while on the scene:
Unfortunately, word has come in that Midwest Generation, the company that owns the coal plant has already begun removing the new paint job.
Pity -- I rather like the decorative addition.
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