Greenpeace shut down coal-powered monster in Kent

9th October 2007
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Greenpeace campaigners yesterday shut down Kingsnorth coal power station in Kent to send a message that expansion plans for coal power in the UK are outdated and dangerous.

Activists broke into the power station at 5am yesterday, halted the coal supply conveyor belts and scaled the smokestack in order to paint the words, 'GORDON BIN IT!' down one side.

The direct action against the power station, which is one of the UK's dirtiest and pumps out 20,000 tonnes of CO2 a day, comes as the Government prepares to green light a new coal plant on the same site.

Greenpeace energy expert Robin Oakley, speaking from outside the power station, said:
'It’s astonishing that, despite the massive threat we face from global warming, there are plans to build climate wrecking coal fired power stations in the UK for the first time in over 30 years starting with one right here in Kent. Brown should be investing instead in energy efficiency, renewable energy and decentralised energy. For example, the London Array offshore wind farm will provide energy for 750,000 homes. Let’s see more projects like that instead of outdated, dirty projects like Kingsnorth 2.'

Earlier in the year, former vice-president Al Gore issued a rallying cry to climate activists, saying: 'I can't understand why there aren't rings of young people blocking bulldozers and preventing them from constructing coal fired power stations.'

This article first appeared in the Ecologist October 2007

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