Britain indicates phase-out of coal power plants

November 18, 2015
Britain is to signal the winding down of polluting coal-fired power plants, indicating they should be replaced with gas and nucl
Britain is to signal the winding down of polluting coal-fired power plants, indicating they should be replaced with gas and nuclear stations, according to pre-released parts of a speech

Britain is to signal the winding down of polluting coal-fired power plants, indicating they should be replaced with gas and nuclear stations, according to pre-released parts of a Wednesday speech.

"It cannot be satisfactory for an advanced economy like the UK to be relying on polluting, carbon-intensive 50-year-old coal-fired power stations," Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd is to say.

"Let me be clear: this is not the future."

It comes as Britain struggles to meet its energy needs as its power capacity has dwindled due to plant closures, while it is under pressure to adopt cleaner energy sources to curb .

Rudd is to say that more investment will be made in nuclear energy, and that could be replaced with new gas-burning power stations.

"One of the greatest and most cost-effective contributions we can make to emission reductions in electricity is by replacing coal-fired power stations with gas," Rudd will say.

"Gas is central to our energy-secure future. In the next 10 years, it's imperative that we get new gas-fired built."

While gas is less polluting than coal, environmentalists warn that burning gas still releases significant amounts of carbon dioxide and recommend investment in such as wind or solar power instead.

"Phasing out coal - if that's what's being suggested - is essential for the climate," said Simon Bullock, senior energy campaigner for environmental group Friends of the Earth.

"But switching from coal to gas is like an alcoholic switching from two bottles of whisky a day to two bottles of port."

It comes as countries prepare to meet in Paris at the end of the month for the UN Conference of Parties (COP21), aimed to forge an international deal to curb carbon emissions and stave off the worst effects of global warming.

Scientists warn that unless is tackled, the world will have to deal with submerged cities, heatwaves, droughts, and huge refugee crises due to rising seas and the effects of extreme weather on harvests.

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gkam
3 / 5 (12) Nov 18, 2015
Now is a good time for the coal lovers to buy their own coal plants! Many will be for sale cheap. With 50 years of onsite pollution, many will probably be given away, if anyone will take them.

TEPCO wants to give away three reactors at Fukushima.
WillieWard
3 / 5 (3) Nov 19, 2015
Now is a good time for the coal lovers to buy their own coal plants!
"Coal now provides 44 percent of Germany's power..This shift caused Germany's CO2 emissions to actually rise by 28 million tons each year after Germany's nuclear policy changed."
"Germany's retreat from nuclear should serve as an important lesson as to what can happen when reliable, carbon-free nuclear energy is taken out of the energy mix. The country .. is now lagging behind its emissions targets, a result of nuclear's phase-out there"
"The cost replacing nuclear power with wind and solar is estimated by the government to be over a trillion euros, without any assurances that the program will actually reduce emissions"
"Electricity from new wind power is nearly four times as expensive as electricity from existing nuclear power plants"
"Germany Abandons Nuclear Power, Increases CO2 Emissions" - Nov 2015
http://dailycalle...issions/

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