Six companies are currently bidding for the contract to build a new coal power station at Kingsnorth in Kent, for the giant power company E.ON. This would be the first new UK coal power station for 30 years. Kingsnorth would produce over 8 million tonnes of CO2 per year, equivalent to the entire emissions of a country like Ghana.
Kingsnorth is the first in a line of new coal-fired power stations which the government and energy companies are seeking to build in the UK. If built, these power stations will lock us into a future of fossil fuels and unstoppable climate chaos. For example, the new Kingsnorth plant alone would produce 8.1 million tonnes in annual CO2 emissions, exceeding those of the country of Ghana. But it doesn't have to be this way. We can show them that they'll have a battle on their hands. And if we are serious, we can win.
Although the process is still at the bidding stage, we don't have to wait until the construction work has begun. In fact this planet can't afford for us to. It is also likely to be more effective if we act now by focusing on the companies bidding to build the new power station. The companies are:
* BAM Nuttall
* Laing O'Rourke
* Balfour Beatty
* A Costain/Hochtief joint venture
* Kier Group
* Morgan Est.
Find out more about these companies, and the actions already taken on http://dontbuildkingsnorth.noblogs.org/
These companies need to be told "Don't Build Kingsnorth." But then, sometimes actions speak louder than words ;-)