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The Price Of Climbing Rushmore

11 Greenpeace activists who climbed Mt. Rushmore to hang a 'stop global warming' banner face $400 fines, community service

Back in July, 11 Greenpeace members climbed Mt. Rushmore to hang a banner protesting global warming. The challenges of climbing Roosevelt's Nose aside, it seems a foolhardy endeavor—but in exchange for pleading guilty, the protesters got the relatively lenient sentence of a $460 fine plus 100 hours of community service. One member will serve two days in jail for prior trespassing convictions.

Officials hoped for higher sentencing, but say the incident was instructive in highlighting security gaps at the national monument. If possible, the activists will complete their community service at Mt. Rushmore. The Greenpeace members insist that the stunt was necessary to turn national attention to global warming.
"I think that our message did get out there, and I think that people heard awareness about global warming, and I think that we will continue to fight to bring this issue to the forefront in the global community," Greenpeace activist Jessica Miller said.
When you think about it, the climbers kind of got a sweet deal. $460 is cheaper than a guided climb up Rainier; of course, you've got all that community service to do, but I think I'd still sign up for it—as long as I'm not cleaning the toilets at Camp Schurman.

—Ted Alvarez

kotattv.com via The Goat

READERS COMMENTS

scottrod1974
Feb 08, 2010

D.C is buried under snow, record cold temps and snowfall all over the world, but hey, as long as we are all aware of the dreaded global warming!! duh!!

Pete J.
Jan 15, 2010

Greenpeace is nuttier than my trail mix, but hey, if they need an excuse like that to climb a pitch on Rushmore, fine by me. Kinda surprised how light their sentences were though.

Squeeky
Jan 15, 2010

Right on Dog! Couldn't agree more, there's nothing to be gained by disrespecting public or private property. And did they say that people "heard awareness"? Funny.

TheDog
Jan 15, 2010

Wow... good thing Greenpeace got the word out, as I never knew about this thing called 'global warming' until they decided to pull this stunt. </sarcasm>

Will these people ever learn that extremists stunts only weaken their effectiveness? Or maybe this is really more about them, versus the cause.

Maybe the Leave No Trace people should start dumping trash on trails just to show people what its like if you don't 'pack out.'

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