UK court allows Drax gas power station appeal

Posted: May 23, 2020 by oldbrew in Energy, Legal, News
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Drax power station [credit:]

The climate-obsessed BBC frames this as a hard luck story for a charity. But for energy consumers it will be the biggest gas power station in Europe if/when built, providing on-demand power to help replace the many coal-fired plants closed in recent years.
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An environmental charity has lost a High Court challenge against a government decision to approve a new gas-fired power plant, reports BBC News.

ClientEarth had argued the decision did not take enough account of environmental targets at the Drax power station near Selby, North Yorkshire.

But the judge Mr Justice Holgate, said the targets were outweighed by other “public interest issues” involved.

The charity is now considering an appeal against the decision.

The court heard how ClientEarth opposed the construction of two new gas generation units and two battery storage units on environmental grounds.

However, Mr Justice Holgate said there were “other public interest issues which operate in favour of such development, such as its contribution to security and diversity of energy supply and the provision of support for the transition to a low carbon economy”.

In his ruling, he said: “Policy-making in this area involves the striking of a balance in which these and a great many other issues are assessed and weighed.

“This is carried on at a high strategic level and involves political judgment as to what is in the public interest.”

Continued here.

  1. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Now, let’s frack on. Energy independence time, like Trump. Hope Clientearth go bust, suspect Soros funding.

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    The sooner the UK politicians realise that “environmental legislation” just becomes a stick to beat them with, the better.
    The whole idea of controlling 0.25% of 1% of 3% of CO2 turnover is ridiculous, even before anybody provides ACTUAL EVIDENCE that CO2 controls the Earth’s temperature. It NEVER has in the past so why does it now?

  3. ivan says:

    Maybe the members of this err ‘environmental charity’ would like to lead by example and have their ‘smart meters’ connected in such a way that when the wind stops blowing and there are clouds during the day they get cut off from the grid until such time that the unreliables start producing usable power again.

    They won’t, because they are all mouth and no trousers all funded by those that want the UN lead NWO to takeover as per Agenda 21 and Agenda 30.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Drax can’t do anything right it seems…

    ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners have today staged an ‘Axe Drax’ demonstration in York, claiming that the giant power station near Selby is causing ‘devastation’ through its burning of biomass pellets.

    Extinction Rebellion York (XR York) claimed Drax was destroying habitats in the American South by chopping down vital biodiverse forests to create the pellets which were shipped to the power station.
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    XR fanatics only want power when it’s windy and/or sunny.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Eight EU States Back ‘Natural Gas’ In Net-Zero Transition
    May 23, 2020

    A group of eight EU countries from the Balkans and the east have joined forces to defend the “role of natural gas in a climate-neutral Europe”.

    In a joint paper, the group of eight calls for “combined electricity – gas solutions” in the transition to net-zero emissions by 2050.

    “A transition based solely on renewable energy sources does not consider the need for a diversified energy mix in the EU,” says the paper, obtained exclusively by EURACTIV.

    Click to access Non-paper-Role-of-gas-in-climate-neutral-Europe-Final.pdf

  6. hunterson7 says:

    One way to improve the world economy and to clear the sewage out of the public square would be to take the assets of all the advocacy charities and give them to charities that actually serve poor or sick people. Another would be to breakup the faux charities that are increasingly end runs around civil society. Soros, Gates, and others: Seize their assets, distribute them to reformed investment groups that promote industrial development in Africa and other places suffering under 21st century imperialism. There is very easily upwards of a $trillion socked away by these oligarchic overlords who are not using the money productively, but using the resources to impose their oligarchic interests.

  7. dennisambler says:

    For Client Earth to claim charitable status is disgraceful. They are an offshoot from the massive US NGO , Natural Resources Defense Council, but portray themselves as some dedicated small group saving the earth.

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