Gov’t. asked: Issue moratorium against new power plants-A A +A
Sunday, October 13, 2013
FOUR non-government organizations (NGOs) called on the government for an immediate moratorium on permits for the operation of new coal mining and coal-fired power plants.
In a press conference, the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice-Cebu (PMCJ-Cebu), Cebu Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Environment, Freedom from Debt Coalition-Cebu and Sanlakas Sugbo presented five reasons new coal mines and coal-fired power plants should be stopped.
These reasons are: coal is the main source of global warming because of its massive carbon dioxide emissions; there is no such thing as “clean coal,” citing the coal-fired power plants in the City of Naga, Cebu that are reportedly using “clean coal technology,” which emits coal ashes; coal projects would reportedly destroy the adaptive capacity of communities as a typical 600-megawatt coal plant emits about 77,110.7 grams per year and produces 3,285 grams of mercury, which is enough to contaminate a 10-hectare lake; coal is an expensive source of energy; and coal plants are anti-people as host communities, in most instances, are evicted from the moment the plants are constructed.
Lawyer Gloria Estenzo-Ramos of PMCJ-Cebu described the Department of Energy officials as incompetent for failing to implement the Renewable Energy Act since the law took effect in 2007.
She reminded the agency of their mandate to promote renewable energy.
She said energy that is sourced from coal or fossil-based fuel must be totally replaced with renewable energy by 2030.
Lawyer Aaron Pedrosa of FDC-Cebu said the country now has 28 existing coal-fired plants, 26 more which were approved for construction, and 21 more in proposal stage, or a total of 75 coal-fired power plants by 2020.
“Global warming in turn fuels climate change and causes most of the natural disasters we have experienced and will be experiencing in a more devastating manner, like Typhoons Ondoy, Sendong and Pablo in our country,” read the groups’ joint statement.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 13, 2013.