"Coal = Climate Change, Clean Energy Now".

Feature story - September 7, 2006
As the impacts of climate change continue to increase in severity and frequency, consequentially resulting in extreme weather events that, threatens to empty the coffers of economies in Southeast Asia. Greenpeace activists took action by shutting down the port of the controversial BLCP coal plant to prevent the unloading of Australian coal into Thailand.

Greenpeace activists are arrested by marine policemen after trying to hang banners at the foot of a crane in the port of the controversial BLCP coal plant to prevent the unloading of Australian coal into Thailand. The coal plant, which is jointly owned by Banpu and Hong-Kong based China Light and Power Corp, is scheduled for its grand opening next month.

Greenpeace activists this morning shut down the port of BLCP coal plant to prevent the unloading of Australian coal into Thailand. Amidst heavy police and stick wielding BLCP personnel presence, activists chained themselves at bumpers of the dock and hung banners that read "clean energy now". The coal plant, which is jointly owned by Banpu and Hong-Kong based China Light and Power Corp, is scheduled for its grand opening next month.

Greenpeace activists are arrested by marine policemen after trying to hang banners at the foot of a crane in the port of the controversial BLCP coal plant to prevent the unloading of Australian coal into Thailand. The coal plant, which is jointly owned by Banpu and Hong-Kong based China Light and Power Corp, is scheduled for its grand opening next month.

Greenpeace activists are arrested by marine policemen after trying to hang banners at the foot of a crane in the port of the controversial BLCP coal plant to prevent the unloading of Australian coal into Thailand. The coal plant, which is jointly owned by Banpu and Hong-Kong based China Light and Power Corp, is scheduled for its grand opening next month.

Amidst the heavy presence of police and stick-wielding BLCP personnel, the activists chained themselves at bumpers of the dock and hung banners that read "Coal = Climate Change, Clean Energy Now". The activists were also able to immobilize the cranes, hindering the170, 000-tonne carrier, MV Star Europe from transferring the coal into the BLCP coal power plant.   

The coal plant, jointly owned by Banpu and Hong-Kong based China Light and Power Corp, is scheduled for its grand opening next month. BLCP is a classic example of dirty international financing by the likes of Asian Development Bank and Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

"The BLCP coal plant will exacerbate the impacts of climate change, which is already starting to exact a heavy toll on the people and economies of Thailand and Southeast Asia.  It does not help that Australia is fuelling climate change in the region with its coal exports," said Tara Buakamsri of Greenpeace Southeast Asia. " Thailand must stop any further use of coal and put a policy in place for the massive increase of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects."

The 1,434 MW BLCP coal plant will release nearly 12 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, and once in operation this plant alone will cause Thailand 's carbon emissions to rise by almost 6% a year according to Greenpeace projections. Coal is the dirtiest of fossil fuels, emitting 29 percent more carbon per unit of energy than oil and 80 percent more than gas, and contributing significantly to climate change.

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