Creative action against RWE coal in Germany


The last couple of weeks in Germany have been full of inspiring direct action against RWE coal mines and the power stations they supply.

Highlights include:

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As Wales rejects an opencast mine, is the end of coal nigh?

NantLtowardpond2Reprinted from   Guy Shrubsole 6 August 2015

Yesterday, something extraordinary happened: a council in South Wales, the birthplace of the fossil fuel age, defied the coal industry and said no to an opencast coal mine.

Wales kickstarted the industrial revolution with coal from the valleys around Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney. But yesterday councillors for the area made an historic decision that suggests Wales is now leading the way out of the fossil fuel era.

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Miller Argent sends desperate letter to Borough Council

PLEASE GET TO TY PENALLTA FOR 3.30pm (from United Valleys Action Group) Ty Penallta. Tredomen Park. Ystrad Mynach. CF82 7PG
Come to the rally against proposed mine at Nant Llesg next to the enormous Ffos-y-fran opencast.
Coal company Miller Argent is applying pressure to the Caerphilly County Borough Council to approve their proposal to mine 6 million tonnes of coal from Nant Llesg.
In June the councillors declared that they were minded to refuse the application and sent the council planning team to write up reasons for objection for the next meeting on the 5th August.
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Community say ‘No’ to Hilltop Project

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Supporters of Hilltop Action Group today (29/7/15) met at Derbyshire County Council Offices in Matlock to present a petition to the Council.

Norman Humprhys organised a team of volunteers at the end of 2014 to canvass all the houses within 1km of the proposed Hilltop Opencast site. They did a sterling job in often terrible weather and collected over 1600 signatures – very few refused to sign.
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Blazing a trail of deception: the White Rose Project and “negative emissions” technologies

whiteelephantBlazing a trail of deception: the White Rose Project and “negative emissions” technologies

by Oliver Munnion, published on OpenDemocracy

In the UK, a new coal fired power station is being developed by Drax that, if built, would be the first new coal fired power station to be switched on since Drax’s existing power station opened in 1974. This is surprising given that there were mass protests against new coal in the UK that saw a whole new generation of coal fired power stations stopped in their tracks. Yet plans for Drax’s new “White Rose” power station are proceeding largely unopposed. This is because, as will be discussed below, the UK public has been fooled by the rhetoric of “clean coal”, “bioenergy with carbon capture and storage”, and “negative emissions”.

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