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Greenpeace protesters arrested in Washington

By Ed O'Keefe

(Photo by Ed O'Keefe)

Four protesters scaled the front of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters Thursday morning and unfurled banners to protest the group's stance on this week's climate change talks in Copenhagen. D.C. Police later arrested the protesters, who were members of Greenpeace.

At least nine other Greenpeace activists watched as the four climbed two ladders on either side of the front of the building, which is located one block north of the White House, and unfurled yellow banners reading, "Global Warming Crime Scene/Climate Policy Hostage Area."

The group arrived at 10 a.m., according to eyewitnesses. They drove to Chamber headquarters in four police cruisers painted green and white with green sirens and a green-colored ambulance with "Climate Emergency Response" painted on the side of the vehicle.

"We're here today because the Chamber of Commerce is holding climate change negotiations hostage in Copenhagen," said one protester as she was peacefully led away in handcuffs.

The incident follows days of similar protests at the climate change talks in Copenhagen.


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 |  December 17, 2009; 12:07 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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they don't have to explain "climategate" because the data even pre-fudged says that climate change is real and caused by us.

And it doesn't matter if they used non-volitale paint, because this problem is bigger than individual choices.

we need serious action by government and industry to change the way we produce and use energy in this country.

climate change is already here and fossil fuels are running out and getting more and more expensive.

thanks greenpeace for reminding us who is trying to take advantage of us

Posted by: joeo3 | December 17, 2009 9:50 PM
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I wonder whether the protesters’ green paint was milk-based and did not include volatile organic compounds produced by Chamber member companies.

Posted by: Jeff_in_DC | December 17, 2009 1:51 PM
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Go back to Dopenhagen.

I would really like to see how these guys explain the data fudging on Climategate, or the fact there were glacial periods in the past with 5x present day CO2 levels. Well I suppose education is not a requirement for Greenpeace.

Posted by: Wiggan | December 17, 2009 1:47 PM
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Actually, it is a job - pro bono for that matter - because our PAID public servants are sitting around and doing nothing useful. Thank you Greenpeace!

Posted by: jamiemchugh | December 17, 2009 1:44 PM
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Posted by: Bitter_Bill | December 17, 2009 1:34 PM
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