Drax Re-power

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Drax Re-power

Received 02 August 2018
From Peter Baker

Representation

“Natural gas” is mainly composed of methane, which is an extremely powerful greenhouse gas –
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• Building this infrastructure will lock us in to decades more of fossil fuel burning, at a time when we need to be dramatically reducing our carbon emissions.
• Building a new gas-fired power station will support demand for fracking, a dangerous and polluting process which communities across the UK and elsewhere in and beyond Europe have clearly said they don't want.
• Transitioning to burning gas instead of coal is a way of keeping Drax open and continuing to receive subsidies for burning biomass, much of which comes from threatened forest ecosystems in the southern US.
• Neither coal, biomass nor gas should still be being burnt in our power stations. Instead of building new fossil fuel capacity, we need to massively reduce our energy use, and energy we do use should come from genuinely renewable sources such as wind, waves and sun.