Monday, February 16, 2009

"DEATH FACTORIES"

Some headlines are irresistible. When journalists go overboard on an issue I am all too happy to cover the story. This quote is my favourite.

The trains carrying coal to power plants are death trains. Coal-fired power plants are factories of death.

So coal fire power stations are labeled as "death factories". It has a nice ring to it. Given that a realistic alternative to coal fire power stations is nuclear I wonder what label they would end up with?

Coal-fired power stations are death factories. Close them [Observer]

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The climate is nearing tipping points. Changes are beginning to appear and there is a potential for explosive changes, effects that would be irreversible, if we do not rapidly slow fossil-fuel emissions over the next few decades. As Arctic sea ice melts, the darker ocean absorbs more sunlight and speeds melting. As the tundra melts, methane, a strong greenhouse gas, is released, causing more warming. As species are exterminated by shifting climate zones, ecosystems can collapse, destroying more species.


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Coal is not only the largest fossil fuel reservoir of carbon dioxide, it is the dirtiest fuel. Coal is polluting the world's oceans and streams with mercury, arsenic and other dangerous chemicals. The dirtiest trick that governments play on their citizens is the pretence that they are working on "clean coal" or that they will build power plants that are "capture-ready" in case technology is ever developed to capture all pollutants.

The trains carrying coal to power plants are death trains. Coal-fired power plants are factories of death. When I testified against the proposed Kingsnorth power plant, I estimated that in its lifetime it would be responsible for the extermination of about 400 species - its proportionate contribution to the number that would be committed to extinction if carbon dioxide rose another 100 ppm.


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1 comment:

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