The Climate Camp are calling for Kingsnorth Power Station in Kent to be shut between 4th Aug and 12 Aug by by non violent Direct Action.
Interestingly, a trade union counter demonstration is being mounted for 4th August, that will call for the development of Clean Coal Technology, workers control of the mining and energy industry, and a defence of the NUM and energy unions.
The British coal industry now has less than 3000 miners left, and the NUM organisd a Clean Coal conference in Sheffield 2007, they wish Clean Coal technology to be developed as a way of offsetting the drive for expanded nuclear energy production.
This is an interesting question.
India and China are NOT going to give up mining coal…… and China in particular mainly relies upon Coal buring electricity generation. The single biggest opportunity for combating global warming would be to develop Clean Coal Technology for use in China
Coal is also a useful alternative to nuclear energy – where there are huge risks of asscoaited nuclear weapons proliferation: risks of military attack; risks of meltdown; risks of nuclear waste storage, etc.
This is an issue where there is probably a need for an open minded debate.