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Greenpeace Climate Activists Dump Coal Outside Sweden's Government Offices


Greenpeace climate activists dump coal outside Sweden's government offices. (AFP)

STOCKHOLM — Environmental activists from Greenpeace dumped 18 tonnes
of German coal outside Sweden's government offices Wednesday to protest
against the Swedish state's coal plant ownership abroad.

energy group Vattenfall has no coal plants in Sweden but has acquired
12 such plants in Germany, Poland, The Netherlands and Denmark in the
past nine years, Greenpeace said in a statement.

activist Martina Krueger told AFP the group wanted to make Swedish
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, whose country currently holds the
European Union presidency, "a climate hero."

"He should be going
to the EU summit (on Thursday) and saying 'I have instructed my energy
company Vattenfall, the fifth largest in Europe, to switch to
renewables.' That is climate leadership," she said.


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organisation told Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter in its online edition
that it brought the 18 tonnes of coal by truck from Germany,
representing the amount Vattenfall burns every 20 seconds at its
Jaenschwalde plant there.

The group of 30 or so activists
unfurled a green banner on the facade of the building reading
"Reinfeldt Stop Sweden's Coal Plants", and formed a ring around the
entrance to the building.

"Right now there is a fatal deadlock in
the international climate talks ... If the head of the EU Fredrik
Reinfeldt tells the world that he has instructed his state-owned energy
company to stop investing in coal plants, that could help break the
deadlock," Greenpeace said.

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