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Environmental groups slam midnight approval of coal power plants in Mindanao

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Environmental groups slam midnight approval of coal power plants in Mindanao


“It’s obvious that Aquino is coddling private energy corporations, particularly those using dirty fuels.” – Kalikasan-PNE
By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
Bulatlat.com

The newly-established environmental party Kalikasan Party-list criticized the Benigno Aquino III administration for allegedly railroading the approval of coal power plant deals in Mindanao. The group said the administration continues to pursue dirty coal power and dangerous nuclear power plant projects despite strong opposition from the public and the popular call to pursue clean alternatives.

“It’s obvious that Aquino is coddling private energy corporations, particularly those using dirty fuels. His midnight approval of the contracts to operate of three coal-fired power plants proves this. The Philippines already has 11 coal-fired power plants operating, two of which were inaugurated under Aquino’s watch. This is not the first time that one of Aquino’s pet projects presents serious environmental problems,” said Kalikasan Party-list spokesman Leon Dulce.

Dulce explained that scientific estimates put the average annual pollutive output of these three power projects at 11,100,000 tons of carbon dioxide, 30,000 tons of sulfur dioxide, 2,160 tons of carbon monoxide, and countless other toxic chemical compounds and heavy metals..... MORE

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