Well, we’ve definately said it before [see here] but it bears saying again that NGOs are nothing more than a group of sharp suited sell outs who’ll say whatever the media wants to hear as long as they’re getting the funding.
Yet again, groups who claim to care about the environment, [such as Friends of the Earth Scotland, WWF and the RSPB] are advocating Longannet staying open and getting a ‘retrofit’. Their report states “In the medium to long term there is no need to rely on coal for our energy security. Similar conclusions have been reached for electricity systems elsewhere in the world.
“However, the potential value of CCS for accelerating decarbonisation in countries such as China means that as a good global citizen, Scotland should seek to contribute to overcoming the considerable risks and uncertainties surrounding the technical and economic feasibility of CCS.”
“Good Global Citizen?!!” If Scotland wanted to be a ‘good global citizen then we should be trying to reach the targets that were set out for decreasing carbon emissions, not digging up even more coal in the vain hope that China will change their mind about a technology we haven’t even tested yet and probably doesn’t even exist.
The groups thave separately suggested that Longannet ‘may be the lesser of two evils compared to the controversial proposals for a new plant at Hunterston’. However, what we need right now is not ‘the lesser of two evils’, we need an end to all new and existing coal infrastructure and to start thinking about other options.
Source – The Herald