Greenpeace activist flies into French nuclear plant

May 02, 2012
A Greenpeace activist has landed on the grounds of the  Bugey Nuclear Power Station in France.
File photo of the Bugey Nuclear Power Station, in Saint-Vulbas, eastern France. A Greenpeace activist on Wednesday flew inside the grounds of a French nuclear power plant using a motorised paraglider, police said.

A Greenpeace activist on Wednesday flew inside the grounds of a French nuclear power plant using a motorised paraglider, police and the organisation said.

"A activist arrived with a motorised paraglider around 7:40 am (0540 GMT). He flew over the plant, threw a smoke bomb and landed inside, where he was detained," police near the Bugey plant in southeastern France told AFP.

The environmental activist group said the action was aimed at the two men vying for the French presidency in a run-off vote Sunday -- President Nicolas Sarkozy and his Socialist rival and opinion poll frontrunner Francois Hollande.

"The purpose of this action is to send a message to the two candidates in the presidential election who are denying the risk of ," Greenpeace spokeswoman Sophia Majnoni told AFP.

"We wanted to illustrate an external danger, like a fall of an airplane" into a nuclear plant, she said.

A spokesman for the EDF energy firm that runs the country's nuclear plants said that a lightweight motorised aircraft with one person inside got into the plant, while another person guided the craft outside the facility.

In December, Greenpeace activists broke into two nuclear power plants in France in an action the group said was aimed at exposing the vulnerability of the facilities.

Nine activists broke into the Nogent-sur-Seine plant near Paris and two into the Cruas plant in southern France.

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CapitalismPrevails
2.8 / 5 (18) May 02, 2012
Green Peace = Green Terrorism
Origin
2.5 / 5 (11) May 02, 2012
Nuclear plants are inherently dangerous. If every activist can infiltrate them so easily, why not some group of terrorists with explosives? This is just waiting to happen.
Vendicar_Decarian
2.3 / 5 (15) May 02, 2012
Apparently Capitalism just soiled it's diaper over a single paraglider who made some smoke.

Cowards fear many trivial things.

"Green Peace = Green Terrorism" - CapitalismFails
Origin
1.5 / 5 (8) May 02, 2012
"Green Peace = Green Terrorism" - CapitalismFails
But again - this is typical stance of conservatives, which you're fighting against here all the time (and accusing them from the decline of the USA). Your black&white labelling of opponents and dismissive stance against cold fusion corresponds this attitude as well - you're hard-core conservative and you even don't know about it... :-))
Feldagast
3.2 / 5 (11) May 02, 2012
Well the proper thing they would really cry about, Shoot trespassers on site. There should be 2 fences with the first one completely posted with warning, and the second fence electrified, anyone making it past the second fence would be subject to being shot on site.
Vendicar_Decarian
3 / 5 (14) May 02, 2012
Sure, as long as we can shoot polluters on site.

"Well the proper thing they would really cry about, Shoot trespassers on site." - FelderGast

Deal?
Scottingham
3.6 / 5 (14) May 02, 2012
If only they had built the cores to withstand a plane crash. Oh wait, they did. We're talking meters thick of steel rebar re-enforced concrete here...

When will people realize that, realistically, it's either nukes or coal. Deal with it.
skytimelapse
3.9 / 5 (11) May 02, 2012
Dear Greenpeace
Stop the shenanigans. This is not the way to convince anyone anything. You do not speak for everyone who cares about the earth and are giving environmentalists a bad name. K thx.
kochevnik
2.2 / 5 (13) May 02, 2012
Green Peace = Green Terrorism
The real terrorists employ feral capitalism and the lamestream media to maintain the war on empathy.
Well the proper thing they would really cry about, Shoot trespassers on site.
Yeah that will scare off draft-dodging terrorists like neoconservatives and serial polluters.
Ronaldus Magnus
2.6 / 5 (5) May 02, 2012
Green Peace = Green Terrorism
The real terrorists employ feral capitalism and the lamestream media to maintain the war on empathy.
Well the proper thing they would really cry about, Shoot trespassers on site.
Yeah that will scare off draft-dodging terrorists like neoconservatives and serial polluters.


Empathy is what it is. Emotionally compromised decision making with minimal rationality in the mix. Thinking from the waist down instead from the neck up. We wouldn't of had the mortgage crisis if banks weren't being pushed by law to give loans to people who couldn't pay them back. We need more rugged individualism.
Ronaldus Magnus
2.7 / 5 (7) May 02, 2012
Apparently Capitalism just soiled it's diaper over a single paraglider who made some smoke.

Cowards fear many trivial things.

-Troll of Trolls
Yes, i fear haphazard intrusion on a nuclear facility. Call us cowards and I'm calling you STUPID.
Feldagast
2.3 / 5 (6) May 02, 2012
Sure, as long as we can shoot polluters on site.

Deal?

Be my guest, that is if your communist self even owned a gun, oh wait you probably do you just don't want anyone else to own one. After all its do as I say not as I do as a typical Liberal Communist.
DavidW
2 / 5 (4) May 02, 2012
Whether it be this, pollution, over-population, animal consumption, tech growth, etc., we need to come to terms or the suffering will be great: 100% Truth. Anything less then this means terrible suffering. Whether or not it is the end of the world will depend on if people choose Truth. Regardless, the end of suffering is going to happen soon.

Vendicar_Decarian
2.3 / 5 (7) May 02, 2012
Can we write that on your grave so that people may laugh at you forever?

"When will people realize that, realistically, it's either nukes or coal." - ScotTard
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.3 / 5 (9) May 02, 2012
Apparently Capitalism just soiled it's diaper over a single paraglider who made some smoke.

Cowards fear many trivial things.

"Green Peace = Green Terrorism" - CapitalismFails
Hey VD why dont you go blow up a bridge? I hear theres a guy over at the occupy protest whos willing to sell you some C4-
http://www.freep....ials-say

-Violence is the only thing they understand eh? Time to get serious. Read all about it in the Turner Diaries.
kochevnik
1.8 / 5 (5) May 02, 2012
Hey VD why dont you go blow up a bridge? I hear theres a guy over at the occupy protest whos willing to sell you some C4-
http://www.freep....ials-say
Yawn. Any real terrorist event is sponsored by the mossad, not the FBI. FBI clowns couldn't even properly blow up the Twin Towers in 1993. Their target ended up filming them fleeing from the bomb they planted.
bluehigh
2.3 / 5 (3) May 02, 2012
What threat? A smoke bomb. Is that the best Greenpeace can do?
If there was an Islamic Jihad Greenpeace branch then you could expect a bit more of an effort.
http://www.youtub...=related

Sure, as long as we can shoot polluters on site.

Defense of Others and Necessity could make the action a valid and lawful recourse, though it reminds me of that Norwegian guy um Anders Breivik.
Vendicar_Decarian
3 / 5 (2) May 02, 2012
BinLaden is undoubtedly in heaven smiling at the thought of your childish fear. I smile with him.

"Yes, i fear haphazard intrusion on a nuclear facility. Call us cowards and I'm calling you STUPID." - Ronaldus Tardicus

Just thank your lucky stars that that paraglider wasn't an AlQueda agent with a box cutter.

With your kind of Fear, he might have taken over the entire facility.
Vendicar_Decarian
5 / 5 (1) May 02, 2012
Patients.... Patients...

"Hey VD why dont you go blow up a bridge?" - Otto

Do you have one in mind?

"Read all about it in the Turner Diaries." - Otto

Why would I want to read right wing kooktard nonsense?

I'm not even sure why anyone would want to blow up a bridge when simply derailing a train while passing over the bridge would be sufficient.

Anarchists of course are just 1 baby step away from Libertarians.
If you have two of them and cut one... They both bleed.

Vendicar_Decarian
5 / 5 (2) May 02, 2012
Owning and using a gun is childs play. That is why Ameican Gun Grubbers purchase them as toys and exchange them as they would collectors dinner plates, stamps or coins.

"Be my guest, that is if your communist self even owned a gun" - Filledwithgas

"oh wait you probably do you just don't want anyone else to own one." - Filledwithgas

You seem unusually concerned with people owning guns. I can guarantee to you that should I ever come for you.... I won't need one.
Vendicar_Decarian
5 / 5 (1) May 02, 2012
Do or do not... There is no try.

"After all its do as I say not as I do as a typical Liberal Communist." - FullofGast
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (4) May 03, 2012
"Read all about it in the Turner Diaries." - Otto

Why would I want to read right wing kooktard nonsense?
It contains many useful tips and tricks. Plus lots of dead amerikans. Oh and they nuke toronto.

It is very well-written and very engrossing, which leads me to believe that it was meant to serve as an invitation to people like mcVeigh and the hapless bridge guys. A must for anyone interested in extreme cultural sociopolitical Artifacts. Many very powerful Messages here for all sides.
Feldagast
3 / 5 (2) May 04, 2012
Come for me? lol you as well as me hide behind our internet identities, and I do own a gun, and I am not above defending myself. Come for me, might be the last move you ever make if your dumb enough to enter my home with ill intent.
antialias_physorg
2.3 / 5 (3) May 06, 2012
If every activist can infiltrate them so easily, why not some group of terrorists with explosives?

That's the point Greenpeace made with this action.
There should be 2 fences with the first one completely posted with warning, and the second fence electrified, anyone making it past the second fence would be subject to being shot on site.

How exactly does a fence stop airplanes? It only stops someone from showing that such plants are vulnerable. It does nothing to alleviate the vulnerability.
If only they had built the cores to withstand a plane crash. Oh wait, they did.

The cooling systems are not built to withstand a plane crash. What happens when the cores are intact and the cooling system fails...well...remember Fukushima (I know...that was a loooong time ago)?

A smoke bomb. Is that the best Greenpeace can do?

Greenpeace was there to show the priciple weakness of such powerplants - not execute a terrorist attack.

Czcibor
1 / 5 (1) May 06, 2012
http://www.natura...ca.html. If every activist can infiltrate them so easily, why not some group of terrorists with explosives? This is just waiting to happen.

Maybe because of risk of shooting a harmless brainwashed green activist security can not shoot trespasers on sight?

Would you be happy and convinced about security if this guy was dead?
Czcibor
1 / 5 (2) May 06, 2012
When alleged greens so fiercely combat the best technology avaible to reduce carbon dioxide emission do you wonder why big part public opinion don't treat mere existence of global warming seriously?

(I'm not challenging phenomenum I mean merely public opinion reaction)
antialias_physorg
3 / 5 (2) May 07, 2012
When alleged greens so fiercely combat the best technology avaible to reduce carbon dioxide emission

They combat technologies that are executed at the cost of human health. Carbon dioxide emissions are not the sole target of Greenpeace.

Nuclear makes no sense from an economic or an ecological standpoint. That it produces little CO2 doesn't change that.