The Sky’s the Limit for Power Plant Pollution: Westminster Loophole Could Sabotage Scotland’s Energy TargetsMay 28th, 2012
An article in yesterdays Herold Scotland claims that behind the scenes lobbying by the coal industry could allow the controversial coal fired power plant at Hunterston to wreck the Scottish Government’s emissions targets in a single development.
The power station, proposed by Ayrshire Power (Peel Holdings) has seen massive levels of opposition in Scotland with some 20,000 signed objections recorded, numerous NGO’s vocally opposing the project and a local community united behind the campaign group CONCH.
The loophole exempts coal fired power plants which adopt the as yet unproven Carbon Capture and Storage technologies from pollution limits meaning that even if the technology does not work to its meager 17% capture target, the development can still go ahead. The smallprint, written into the UK’s energy bill could mean, “some of the most polluting power stations known to man could be built in the UK and exempted from any pollution controls,” warned Greenpeace senior campaigner, Joss Garman.
With control over energy still sitting in Westminster’s hands and the launch of the independence drive last weekend, you would imagine the Scottish Government would have something to say about such implications on their own flagship emission targets. However, they have so far refused to make any significant comment on the matter. There is obviously a great deal of hidden levering going on in Westminster and the ConDem government is beginning to throw its weight into the matter. Time will tell whether the Scottish Government could hold off and stand true to its rhetoric on climate change. This could also be a useful measure of what independence might mean for the people of Scotland. Will independence represent a different type of democracy or will it be BUSINESS as usual for anyone and everyone willing to bribe their way?
Link here for the original Herald article.