Church says new coal power station makes government targets 'impossible'

By staff writers
November 24, 2008

A senior Church official has voiced his 'disbelief' at plans for a new coal fired power station in Scotland.

Reverend Ian Galloway, convener of the Kirk’s Church and Society Council, said he was “shocked” to see proposals by Peel Energy and DONG Energy relying on fossil fuels for the facility at Hunterston in North Ayrshire.

Mr Galloway said that if the government were to approve this, it would make a mockery of their pledge to fight climate change.

“The Church of Scotland strongly supports the Scottish Government’s plan to cut the emission of greenhouse gases in Scotland by 80% by 2050" he said.

“However the proposed power station could increase the country’s emission of carbon dioxide by 10%.

“This would make the Scottish Government target difficult if not impossible to achieve.”

“Climate change is an ethical issue for the Church of Scotland. We see the damage being caused elsewhere in the world and the resulting poverty.

“Eco-Congregations across Scotland are taking a lead by starting to measure and reduce their own carbon footprints.”

A member’s debate on climate change will be held at the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, on December 17.

Following last week’s plea by the Moderator, churches across Scotland have been lobbying their local MSPs to attend the important discussions.

Mr Galloway said it was "disheartening to see these proposals undermining our collective efforts to reduce Scotland’s carbon footprint.“

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