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SCC Members Join Forces Against Coal

The Independent today printed a letter from the member organisations of Stop Climate Chaos (SCC), which urges the Government to reconsider its plans to build new coal power stations.

On Monday icount.org.uk reported that John Hutton, the Secretary of State for Business, had signalled that the Government will be progressing with their programme to build eight new coal-fired power stations - the first such developments in the UK since 1984.

In response to The Independent front page story from Monday entitled 'Back to Black', the heads of a selection of the member organisations of the SCC coalition wrote to the editor of the daily national paper expressing their collective concerns. The letter read as follows:

Sir: If John Hutton is signalling he will allow a set of new and entirely unabated coal plants to be built, the UK's climate strategy will be up in smoke ("Back to black", 10 March).

Building new coal plants now without carbon capture from the outset will do nothing to curb coal plants being built in China. It will do nothing to help the dramatic scale-up of renewables to meet a target announced just a month ago. It will not boost energy efficiency nor will it bring carbon capture technology a day closer.

Above all, it will threaten to push us beyond dangerous climate tipping points, putting the poorest and most vulnerable around the world at risk and threatening our long-term economic wellbeing. Gordon Brown must step in and say no to unabated new coal plants and yes to a clean, green energy future.

Daleep Mukarji, Director, Christian Aid
Tony Juniper, Chief Executive, Friends of the Earth
John Sauven, Executive Director, Greenpeace
Russell Marsh, Head of Policy, Green Alliance
Fay Mansell,Chair, National Federation of Women's Institutes
Phil Bloomer, Director of Campaigns & Policy, Oxfam
Ian Leggett, Director, People & Planet
Graham Wynne, Chief Executive, RSPB
Ashok Sinha, Director, Stop Climate Chaos Coalition
Matthew Frost, Chief Executive, Tearfund
Benedict Southworth, Director, World Development Movement
Keith Allott, Head of Climate Change, WWF-UK


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published: 11:41 - 12 March 2008