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25 protesters arrested at Australian power plant, will James Hansen fly to their defense? November 1, 2008

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25 protesters arrested at Australian power plant, will James Hansen fly to their defense?

By the blogowner, honestclimate, November 1, 2008

POLICE have arrested 25 people protesting at one of Australia’s largest coal-fired power stations but four others remain chained to machinery at the site, halting electricity production.

The four members of action group Rising Tide are chained to the conveyor belt which feeds coal to the furnace at the government-operated Bayswater power station in the New South Wales Hunter region.

“Those four have stopped the coal from being sent to the furnace,” Rising Tide spokeswoman Georgina Woods said.

The 25 who were arrested had been on a coal pile from which coal was scooped to go onto the conveyor belt.

Will James Hansen fly to their defense? Not this time as they were released without charges.

Ms Woods said all 25 were released without charge.

The protest sent a message to the Government that it was not acting fast enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Ms Woods said.

“We are waiting for the Government to announce our greenhouse gas reduction strategy in December, but it’s all going to have to start here, at the country’s equal largest power station, which is also the equal largest producer of carbon dioxide pollution,” she said.

“Actions like this are only going to become more common while the Government continues twiddling their thumbs.”

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24585147-29277,00.html

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