Power Stations

The new coal rush

Posted by bex — 30 April 2007 at 4:36pm - Comments

Ferrybridge power station

In 1974, the BBC launched Ceefax, Richard Nixon was kicked out of office and the last new coal-fired power station was built in the UK. Most things have moved on a fair bit since then – but apparently not for the UK's energy companies.

Power station occupation enters day two

Posted by bex — 3 November 2006 at 9:00am - Comments

A Greenpeace volunteer looks down at the chimneys at Didcot power station

UPDATE: Twenty-five climate campaigners were arrested at 5.30pm today after ending their two day occupation of one of Britain's dirtiest power stations. One of the volunteers Ben Stewart said, "Since being here we have halved Co2 emissions from this power station by stopping coal entering the facility. We've forced Tony Blair to answer direct questions from us about his climate trashing policies and shown that there is a cleaner, more efficient way of generating energy."

Tea at the top of a coal tower

Posted by bex — 2 November 2006 at 9:00am - Comments

Tea at the top of the coal towerThis morning 30 of our volunteers envaded the UK's second largest coal power station. One group stopped the coal conveyor belt and chained themselves to machinery, while a second group made their way up 1052 stairs to the top of the chimney.

After all those stairs, it was time for a cuppa.

We shut down the facity because - like most of the Britain’s power stations – two-thirds of the energy it generates is wasted, making a massive contribution to climate change. Later the volunteers set to work painting "Blair's Legacy" down the side of the chimney.

We hear a lot of fine talk from Tony Blair, but in reality C02 emissions have gone up under Labour while the climate crisis deepens. His legacy will be climate chaos. Our volunteers will leave the power station when he pledges to ditch these dinosaurs and start investing in cutting edge decentralised energy.

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