Greenpeace blockades government / coal industry love-in

Posted by bex — 6 February 2008 at 9:33am - Comments

Coal UK: cancelled due to climate change

Coal UK: cancelled due to climate change

This morning, energy minister Malcolm Wicks made his way to Lord's Cricket ground in London to deliver the opening speech for the coal industry's annual shindig.

He was expecting, we assume, to evangelise on the glorious future of coal in the UK, to the rapt and thunderous applause of his chums in the industry.

He probably wasn't expecting to find two metre fences blocking four of the entrances to the industry-government love-in, complete with climate change campaigners chained to the barricades.

But, a few minutes ago, Greenpeace volunteers barricaded the entrance, ready to give him and the 200 other attendees of Coal Conference 2008 a slightly different welcome to the one he was expecting.

Why?

• Because the government looks set to rush through approval of the UK's first new coal plant in 30 years within weeks.

• Because that plant (Kingsnorth) will pump out the same amount of carbon dioxide as 30 developing countries.

• Because, if Kingsnorth goes ahead, the seven other coal plant applications waiting in the sidelines will rush through the floodgates.

• Because, if the UK builds new coal plants, we won't have a leg to stand on when we ask the likes of China and India to clean up their acts.

• And because it's completely needless - there's a far better way.

This is probably the most important decision on climate change that Gordon Brown will ever take (the science makes it blindingly clear that if we return to coal globally, "we will lock in future climate disasters associated with passing climate tipping points".)

The decision needs to go to a public inquiry - not be left to ministers colluding with the coal industry. And they are colluding:

As well as planning to give the opening speech at Coal Conference 2008, Malcolm Wicks also sits on the board of the UK coal forum, whose purpose it is to "bring forward ways of strengthening the industry, and working to ensure the UK has the right framework to secure the long term future of coal fired generation".

And, just last week, the department for business and energy (DBERR) jettisoned thousands of letters from UK citizens and the advice of the world's most eminent climate scientist and allowed a coal giant to dictate the UK government's climate change policy.

The good news is that the campaign against coal is picking up pace. Other environmental and development organisations are joining the campaign against new coal (check out the World Development Movement's excellent new site at www.stopkingsnorth.org).

And there'll be courtroom drama too: on Friday this week, the vertigo-free Greenpeace volunteers who climbed the chimney at Kingsnorth last year will be in court for a committal hearing, facing charges of aggravated trespass and criminal damage.

Join the campaign by writing to business minister John Hutton demanding a public inquiry on the most important decision on climate change this government will ever face.

I think that once again we are witnessing more wrong decisions by the government and this time the decision is yet to be made, What i really dont like about this is that the public are being turned a blind eye towards and being given as little info as possible.

The government should be spending times hosting talks for re - newable resources, If they go ahead with this then it just ridicules everything that they have said about climate change so far.

For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail? ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think that the gouvernment are too bloody ignorent to accept that burning coal is terrible. It is SO bad for the environment!!!! The reason that they wont get wind turbines and other renewable energy sources is because they dont want to have to admit that they got it wrong and also because the renewables are slightly more expensive!!!

WHO CARES IF THEY ARE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN COAL AND NUCLEAR S**T!!!! They ARE BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, AND THATS ALL THAT MATTERS!!!

I think that its great that more people are getting involved with campaigning about the coal.

Go Greenpeace!!!!

Plain.crazy.monkey, i couldn't agree more.

save the whales, thanks for the support and I'm glad you're becoming an active member of the website but would you mind watching your language please? My asterisk key is wearing out...

Thanks,

Bex
gpuk

I just get angry to think about the government destroying the world. I am so totally sorry. i am actually only 13 anyway, and will try not to swear again!!

Go Greenpeace!!!!

Why dop our leaders insist on burning coal? "Oh yes we will reduce CO2 emissions, BY BURNING A COAL, betcha never saw that coming huh?" The real solution is here and simple and so obvious, why can't they see?

Negvar

There's an update on this morning's goings on here - including an unexpected interruption for Malcolm Wicks, and an unexpected visitor for us.

Bex
gpuk
PS Beluga - no probs and thanks!

I think that once again we are witnessing more wrong decisions by the government and this time the decision is yet to be made, What i really dont like about this is that the public are being turned a blind eye towards and being given as little info as possible. The government should be spending times hosting talks for re - newable resources, If they go ahead with this then it just ridicules everything that they have said about climate change so far. For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail? ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think that the gouvernment are too bloody ignorent to accept that burning coal is terrible. It is SO bad for the environment!!!! The reason that they wont get wind turbines and other renewable energy sources is because they dont want to have to admit that they got it wrong and also because the renewables are slightly more expensive!!! WHO CARES IF THEY ARE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN COAL AND NUCLEAR S**T!!!! They ARE BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, AND THATS ALL THAT MATTERS!!! I think that its great that more people are getting involved with campaigning about the coal. Go Greenpeace!!!!

Plain.crazy.monkey, i couldn't agree more. save the whales, thanks for the support and I'm glad you're becoming an active member of the website but would you mind watching your language please? My asterisk key is wearing out... Thanks, Bex gpuk

I just get angry to think about the government destroying the world. I am so totally sorry. i am actually only 13 anyway, and will try not to swear again!! Go Greenpeace!!!!

Why dop our leaders insist on burning coal? "Oh yes we will reduce CO2 emissions, BY BURNING A COAL, betcha never saw that coming huh?" The real solution is here and simple and so obvious, why can't they see? Negvar

There's an update on this morning's goings on here - including an unexpected interruption for Malcolm Wicks, and an unexpected visitor for us. Bex gpuk PS Beluga - no probs and thanks!

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