Thursday, 11 September 2008

GREENS 'JUBILANT' AT RELEASE OF THE KINGSNORTH SIX

KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday 11TH September 2008 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192

GREENS ‘JUBILANT’ AT RELEASE OF THE KINGSNORTH SIX
Kent Green Party members are jubilant at the release of the six Greenpeace activists who scaled the existing Kingsnorth power station to protest about Government energy policy. This court decision may set a precedent that protests against developments which add to climate change, like coal fired power stations, airport expansions and trunk road building, are legitimate in future. Also, this legal decision implies Government actions supporting such developments are illegal. Steve Dawe comments:
“If EoN can invest in the London Array Wind Farm in the Thames Estuary - which it is - then it can invest in other renewable energy technologies rather than in new coal-fired power stations.Coal fired power stations are amongst the very worst sources of Carbon Dioxide emissions in Europe. Since it is proposed a new Kingsnorth power station would be built regardless of the presence of Carbon Capture and Storage, then its construction is in direct conflict with the need to cut UK greenhouse gas emissions..“The main UK energy need is efficiency. The cheapest option for households, businesses and the public sector is to use energy efficiency measures to cut energy wastage. A 20% cut could be achieved quite easily and a 50% cut in UK energy use is conceivable. This is far better for households than a new coal fired power station given that 5.4 million households are now in fuel poverty, with more than 10% of their income going on fuel bills. “Kent has a large surplus of straw, which is a waste product on most farms, and sustainable wood production. Biomass can provide a replacement for declining natural gas supplies in the future.

“The new European emissions requirements and renewable energy targets are mandatory and that means there is no place in the future for coal in power generation.” Ends

FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe on 01732 355185 or 0845 257 4236 or mobile: 07747 036192. Contact address as above.

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