Accept or reject polluting coal-fired power?

Thai President will soon decide

Feature story - April 19, 2002
Greenpeace is urging the public to tell the Prime Minister of Thailand to refuse two new coal-fired power plants in central southern Thailand.

Coal-fired power generation.

The plants, built by foreign multinationals against the wishes of local people, would pollute the air, sully the water and choke the children of Thailand.

The Thai government's plans for these two large-scale, polluting,

community-displacing, coal-fired power plants has met with unprecedented opposition, both locally and nationally. It has become one of Thailand's most controversial political issues. The Prime Minister has said he will decide the issue at the end of April.

The people of Bo Nok and Ban Krut in the Gulf of Thailand have defied harsh repression for the last eight years to fight plans for the power plants to be located in their communities. When the Prime Minister of Thailand visited the Bo Nok site in January, 2002 he was met by two thousand protesters.

Edison International is at the centre of a consortium pushing this model of power generation on the Thai people. Villagers say these plant developers are practising gross double standards at the expense of the Thai people.

The technology at these plants would never meet the environmental and

social protection standards in California, USA, homestate of the Edison Corporation.

The future of the two plants is now hanging in the balance.

For more information:

Edison Out: The Struggle to Stop Coal Fired Power Plants in Bo Nok and Ban Krut, Thailand. (Greenpeace Report)

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