Ditch Coal Now – London Feb 8th
Next Wednesday, 8th February, is the final day of the Government’s consultation about phasing out coal burning in UK power stations.
BiofuelWatch will be joining Coal Action Network, London Mining Network and Friends of the Earth for a protest outside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London, to demand that coal burning must be stopped without delay.
The Government wants to ensure that coal will continue to be burned in power stations until 2025. And they are proposing loopholes which might allow coal to be burned even longer (see here for Biofuel Watch’s joint background briefing with Coal Action Network). The biggest of the proposed loopholes would see coal power stations classed as meeting the (Carbon) Emissions Performance Standard and thus remaining open if large amounts of biomass are burned alongside coal.
BiofuelWatch says “We cannot allow this to happen! The UK’s coal power stations must be closed without delay.
Please come along if you’re in or near London, and please help to share details of this protest, including the Facebook Events Page.”
Wednesday, 8th February, 12 noon
outside the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
3 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2AW
Come along and help with public sculpture-making:
8th February, 10am to 6pm (same location)
Read about the problem of Drax and the destruction of Southern USA Forests because of biofuels.
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Comments on "Ditch Coal Now – London Feb 8th"
If one looks at the National Grid status which gathers togather all the power data from public sources you will see that in the middle of January we had an anticyclone over the UK which typically produces very cold weather and not much wind power. Coal was being worked to its maximum of about 10GW and the nation's requirement was between 45GW and 50GW. Today the 7th of February at 15.30 the figures show a national requirement of 45GW and a total from all sources of 36GW (wind was less than 1GW). The difference is made up by imports from the continent (mainly French nuclear). It is a matter of simple arithmatic that to take out coal would mean a national power crisis causing industrial disruption, domestic hardship, no water or fuel being pumped in some areas and so and so on. Can someone please explain to me how your aims could be achieved without chaos? I look forward to your replies.