Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Tories cave in to coal?

So, the Tories have said that if elected they would immedeatly approve 5 GW of new coal power, fitted with carbon capture and storage. Really? Have the companies agreed to fit this straight away, when it does not yet exist? Or have the companies decided that they will fit it in 2020 or 2025 as they currently say they will, once it is cheap and the research has ben paid for by the tax payer. In the meantime we get 15 years of the most polluting form of energy and throw away any chance of securing a progressive climate deal. And what if the CCS doesn't work? Will the plants be shut down?

A bad, bad idea, and a step back from Milliband's already shaky progress on this (he said that only plants with CCS demonstration units would be allowed to be built. Not much, but better than this).

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