'Quit Coal' Message Now Adorns 450 ft Smokestack at Chicago Coal Plant (Photos)

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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":quit-coal-chicago-small.jpg

Here's a shot of the activists painting the stack:

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And here's a 'before' shot I snapped yesterday while on the scene:

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Unfortunately, word has come in that Midwest Generation, the company that owns the coal plant has already begun removing the new paint job.

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Pity -- I rather like the decorative addition.

More on Greenpeace's Quit Coal Campaign in Chicago:

Greenpeace Activists Scale 450-ft Smokestack on 100 Year-Old Chicago Coal Plant [UPDATES]
Greenpeace Activists Halt Coal Barge with 2nd Demonstration in Chicago

Tags: Coal | United States

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