Professors slam new coal-fired power stations

11th December 2010, Comments 0 comments


Sixteen Dutch professors have published an open letter opposing plans to build five new coal-fired power stations. In the letter, which is addressed to energy companies and their shareholders, the professors denounce coal as the most polluting fuel.

The new power plants would emit as much carbon dioxide as nine million cars, the professors warn. 'Coal and other fossil fuels are a thing of the past. The time has come for a new economy based on sustainable energy.'

The five new power stations would make the Netherlands one of Europe's worst polluters, they contend. 'Coal-fired power stations block sustainable energy options from the market because they are not flexible, seriously delaying the necessary transition to sustainable energy generation. Coal-fired power stations have a minimum lifespan of 30 years. This means our country would commit itself for several decades to a technology that we already know will soon be outdated.'


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