NO other country burns excessive coal as Germany. Around a quarter of German electricity comes from the carbon-heavy fuel, also known as brown coal. Coal is cheap, mined domestically and responsible for around 20 percent of Germany's greenhouse gas emissions.
If Germany is dead serious about its target of cutting emissions to half what they were in 1990 by 2030, dirty coal has to go.
That said, the Movement for Blackout-free Mindanao is sending this distress call to President Duterte: make Mindanao completely free as well
After all, Mindanao is your adopted homeland. You promised us about the changes we fought side by side during the campaign, and one of those was to provide Mindanao with sufficient, adequate, sustainable, environment-driven and reliable power supply for the island’s inclusive growth.
But to address Mindanao’s power lack through the dumping of coal plants all over the island is another story and something we are dead serious about.
We feel worried about what this coal would bring as far as protecting our people from the discord of environmental collapse.
Fact is, there are new coal-fired power plants being built right now in Mindanao, some are already in, while others are in the pipeline.
Given this development, these plants would definitely translate into additional capacities the island would need to meet its growing demand in the next five years and beyond. But in this case, Mindanao consumers would have to pay the price of development: toxic emissions and greenhouse gases.
Now, we would like to invite the President to take a pause and think for a moment. Do we really need these coal-fired power plants
We the Movement for a Blackout-free Mindanao, as volunteer watchdog for the efficient and uninterrupted delivery of electricity in Mindanao supports this move of ridding the island free from dirty coal unconditionally.
A win-win solution is what it takes to strike a sustainable, efficient and environment-driven power supply for Mindanao.
The previous administration had been working on a 30-30-30 fuel mix goal to reduce the country’s coal dependence. The remaining 10 per cent comes from oil-based power plants. -
The country’s energy policy is primarily focused on sourcing out about 30 per cent of its energy requirements from coal, 30
To date, some 20 coal-fired power plants
Environmentalists had openly opposed
The use of fossil fuels like coal as an energy source is the number one driver of global warming being a top emitter of greenhouse gases.
We are all aware that the cheapest of all fossil fuels is natural gas, and this kind of power source is aplenty elsewhere in the country. Why have we not tapped fully the geothermal sources of electric power?
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