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Scotland currently has no legally binding annual reduction targets for CO2 emissions. Remember the 3% annual reduction targets in the Climate Change Act? Well the best the SNP could offer was 0.5% over the next two years, and not even that was agreed to. At last this farce has been exposed for what it is! […]


We wrote about Underground Coal Gassification (UCG) a while ago, but it’s back in the news again, this time with a shiny new company behind it, Clean Coal Ltd. Now, we’ve heard governments, mining companies and power companies say “clean coal” instead of “coal” to make us believe that it’s different just because they’ve changed […]

The Scottish Resources Group owns Scottish Coal, the Castlebridge Plant and SRG Estates, making it the UK’s largest surface coal mining producer, the owner of Europe’s biggest earth-moving fleet and one of the largest land owners in Scotland. Big money presumably needs big protection – the Scottish Resources Group has called in FD (Financial Dynamics […]

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Four months resisiting Scottish Coal, action, sabotage, public meetings, corrupt MPs and coal victories accross the UK – the Mainshill Solidarity Camp October Newsletter has it all. Click here to download.

For all the greenwash and propaganda of Dong, Peel and ‘Ayrshire Power Limited’, the proposed new 1.6 GW coal-fired power station at Hunterston in North Ayrshire is still a shocking example of dirty development, imposed on communities that really don’t want it. But CONCH (Communities Opposed to New Coal at Hunterston) is fighting back, challenging […]


A year ago a letter to the New Scientist made an extremely good point: that the coal mining process itself causes greenhouse gas emissions on a much larger scale than burning the coal in a power station does, a fact never taken into account by ministers and corporate heads when they spout their ‘clean coal’ […]

As we expected, the ‘next generation’ of ‘clean coal’ power plants have been given the go ahead by Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband and the Westminster government. Up to four new plants will be given permission, on the condition that they are equipped for carbon capture and storage. Milliband has once again demonstrated […]

Following the announcement last year that DONG energy, the Danish energy company, wants to build a £3 billion, 1,600 Mega Watt coal-fired power station at Hunterston in North Ayrshire on the Scottish West Coast, more information about the project has recently emerged – but it only gets more confusing.

If ScottishPower wins the governments Carbon Capture and Storage competition to set up a 300MW “clean coal” demonstration facility at a re-built Longannet coal fired power station and old North Sea oil fields are used to store the captured CO2, somehow the CO2 will have to be transported from power station to oil field. Enter […]


No, is the short answer. Underground Coal Gassification (UCG), like all other Clean Coal technologies, is a technofix reliant more on suave greenwashing than on tested science. But, with companies such as Thornton New Energy, research bodies, ministers and local councils pushing ahead with it, it needs to be exposed for what it really is: […]

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