Friday, 16 October 2009

Climate Swoop At Ratcliffe-on-Soar

Climate Swoop At Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station.

In the past the annual Climate Camp has taken place alongside a mass direct action against a particular target (Drax, Heathrow and Kingsnorth). This year, climate activists prepare to shut down Ratcliffe-On-Soar after celebrating the demise of plans for a new coal power plant at Kingsnorth.

E.ON blamed the global recession and the fall in demand for electricity for its plans to 'defer an investment decision on the Kingsnorth proposals for up to two to three years'. In a recession the demand for power goes down, but the industry usually talks of a shortage of power in the future, so this seems an odd excuse.

Caroline Lucas MEP (and prospective Green Party MP for Brighton) called it a 'victory for those who have taken to the streets in the fight against climate change'.

'Kingsnorth has been nothing short of a PR disaster for the UK Government – and for E.ON, which has tried in vain, via an expensive marketing campaign, to convince the world that it is genuinely committed to a cleaner, more sustainable future,' she said.

This weekend (17th & 18th October 2009) the campers get together to try and close one of the UK's biggest coal fired power stations, E.ON's Ratcliffe-on-Soar in Nottingham.

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howard thomas said...

What is your view on the injured police officers Adrian?

Adrian Windisch said...

Lets wait and see what happened, and not jump to conclusions.

'The Camp for Climate Action is at Ratcliffe to confront the causes of climate change, not get into conflict with the police.'