Drax is the world’s biggest biomass power station, the UK’s biggest coal fired power station, and the UK’s biggest single emitter of green house gasses. Now Drax is even getting involved in gas!
Demos on the day of the AGM
At Drax’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) we will be protesting outside of The Royal York Hotel York where Drax’s shareholders are meeting. Simultaneously Biofuelwatch are inviting you to join them for a colourful protest in London visiting some of Drax’s key investors.
The York demo will take place at from 10.30pm until 2pm. We will be having a photo call at 1pm, so if you can’t make the whole thing, the latter part only is great. 13th April 2017. The hotel is currently in the process of changing its name to The Principle York. It is very close to York train station and we recommend that you travel by train, bike or on foot.
The investors demo in London is starting at 12 noon until 2pm meeting on Gresham Street. 13th April 2017. Drax power station is a dangerous waste of bill payers’ money, receiving £1.5 million in subsidies every day to destroy forests and contribute to climate change.
Why are we targeting Drax?
Every year, there are 590 premature deaths due to air pollution from Drax Power Station.
Three units burn coal from UK opencasts as well as opencast and underground mines in Russia, Colombia (including Cerrejon coal mine) and the USA. The other three units burn trees from Canada, the Baltic States and the southern states of the USA.
In return for trashing forests and digging up communities, Drax is receiving massive subsidies when it should have been closed down years ago. Drax received £584 million of public money in 2016 – that’s over £1.5 million every day!
If this wasn’t bad enough, Drax is now investing in four new gas-fired power stations. Perhaps hoping to capitalise on fracking in the North?
Enough is enough!
We want public money to go towards investment in true public services, like the NHS, social care and schools, not this forest, communities and climate-wrecking scheme. The government needs to support REAL renewable energy like solar, wind, tidal and invest in home insulation. We demand decent jobs which will give us a healthy environment and a sustainable future for our children. Dirty energy companies and the government must start a meaningful dialogue with the unions and their workers to ensure they are moved into highly skilled work which benefits their families and the planet.
For more info on the campaign against Drax power station, Selby, Yorkshire, see Biofuelwatch’s Drax factsheet
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