Greenpeace paints cooling towers

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13 June 2006, AMSTERDAM — Greenpeace activists on Tuesday morning started painting the metres-high slogan “Smoking kills” on the side of the power station on the Maasvlakte. The organisation was protesting against power utility company Eon's plans to build a new coal-fired power station in the Netherlands.

13 June 2006

AMSTERDAM — Greenpeace activists on Tuesday morning started painting the metres-high slogan “Smoking kills” on the side of the power station on the Maasvlakte. The organisation was protesting against power utility company Eon's plans to build a new coal-fired power station in the Netherlands.

The slogan is similar to that which appears on cigarette packets.

Eon recently announced that it will build a new coal-fire power station in the Netherlands with three other power utility companies (Nuon, RWE and Electrabel). The likely site is close by the present power station on the Maasvlakte.

Greenpeace says that the new company is pushing around 5.5 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the environment annually. CO2 is one of the most important hothouse gases contributing to the warming of the earth.

The Dutch parliament will be discussing the country’s energy policies this Thursday in The Hague. Greenpeace wants the government to encourage sustainable energy and focused energy use while blocking the building of more coal-fire stations. One of the topics of the debate on Thursday will be CO2 emission rights, which the environmental organisation describes as "a farce".

The government has distributed emission rights in such a way that companies formerly responsible for producing hothouse gases, such as power utility companies, refineries and paper factories, have simply continued to push out hothouse gases, the organisation says. The companies had also not been required to make investments in clean energy.

Trade in emissions will not achieve the intended positive effect on the environment, says Greenpeace, basing its view on the distribution plan for emission rights that the cabinet has sent to parliament for discussion.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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