Climate Camp Pictorial

20 August 2008

Photo: Kristian Buus www.kristianbuus.com

It is indisputable that of all the fossil fuels, coal is the dirtiest and most polluting. With the UK government about to sign up to a reduction in emissions of 60% - perhaps even 80% - by 2050 it seems a peculiar decision to plan a new generation of coal power stations. Kingsnorth is an existing coal power station in Kent which is to be replaced with a newer station. Although theoretically the power station could reduce its emissions by using Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology, in practice this technology does not exist on a commercial scale yet, so the plant will be nearly as dirty as the one it replaces until some unknown date in the future.

The proposed Kingsnorth power station would emit between 6 to 8 million tons of CO2 per year, which makes it even more polluting than a third runway at Heathrow airport.

Many people from all walks of life have been protesting about this decision. Here is a summer pictorial of the Climate Camp.

Photo: Kristian Buus www.kristianbuus.com

Photo: Mike Russell

Photo: Mike Russell

Photo: Indymedia www.indymedia.org.uk

And finally....E.ON's replica of the Kingsnorth coal-fired power station has been occupied by one inch tall climate change campaigners. The drama unfolded at the Legoland park in Windsor – sponsored by E.ON – where the Lego Kingsnorth is given pride of place next to Big Ben and Canary Wharf.

The Lego campaigners struck as hundreds of people gather at this year's Climate Camp to protest the planned new coal plant at Kingsnorth in Kent. The campaigners didn't make a statement as they are plastic Lego people and can't talk.

http://www.climatecamp.org.uk/

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