January 30, 2020
A High Court challenge has been launched against the UK government after it granted permission for Europe’s largest gas power station to be built in North Yorkshire. 
Government Sued For Giving Europes Biggest Gas Power Station The Go Ahead
Environmental law charity ClientEarth have opposed business secretary Andrea Leadsom’s decision to green-light the controversial plant in October, arguing that the government’s own planning authority said the plans should have been blocked on the basis of environmental concerns. 
Drax Power, which already operates the country’s largest power station near the town of Selby, wants to install four new gas turbines at the plant – a move that could render the plant responsible for as much as 75% of the entire UK power sector’s emissions once fully operational.
Although often seen as a cleaner alternative to other finite fossil fuels such as coal, commonly-used gases such as methane can still cause significant environmental damage if they leak into the atmosphere. 
ClientEarth lawyer Sam Hunter Jones said: “Only this month David Attenborough warned governments to take more action to tackle global heating, pointing to the Australian bushfires as proof humanity’s moment of crisis has come.
“With scientists also ringing the alarm bells for decades, we shouldn’t need to take the government to court over its decision to allow what would be Europe’s biggest gas plant.
“The secretary of state has ignored the recommendations of her own planning authority, and her decision is at odds with the government’s own climate change plans to decarbonise in a cost-effective manner.”
ClientEarth objected to the plant during the planning hearing stage in 2019, to which the government’s own Planning Inspectorate responded by recommending the proposals were blocked because of its carbon emissions and significant risk of locking in those emissions for years to come.
It was the first time the authority had recommended a project of this scale to be refused on the basis of its future climate impact. 
An assessment of the environmental cost – collated by Client Earth and climate thinktank Sandbag – projected that over the course its lifetime, the project could create 400% more greenhouse gas emissions than if the plant was not built at all. 
The government’s latest forecasts estimate that the UK will need 6GW of new gas generation through to 2035 – but the UK has already approved more than 15GW worth of large-scale gas plants, ClientEarth said. 
Approving Drax’s project would take this to 18GW – three times the government’s estimates.
The planning application for site stated that the four combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT) were warranted in order to replace its two existing coal-fired units, which will be phased out under government legislation by 2025. However, ClientEarth warned that the combination of the project’s scale, emissions intensity and operating life made it a significant threat to the UK’s carbon targets.
Hunter Jones added: “In its planning application, Drax failed to explain how this emissions-intensive gas project squares with the UK’s carbon targets and its strategy for clean growth. And the government’s own energy forecasts show that the UK does not need a major roll out of new large-scale gas generation capacity.
“As the Planning Inspectorate found, if this plant goes ahead the public risks a carbon budget blowout, or a huge stranded asset that would require propping up by the taxpayer, or a combination of the two.
“Drax’s own figures show that installing gas capacity will not deliver more long-term jobs at Selby, in fact the company expects operational employment to decrease, after the construction phase. And in the longer term a stranded asset of this size would be a significant drain on the local and national economies.
“Globally, scientists have detailed the drastic carbon emission reductions needed to ensure the planet keeps global warming below 1.5C. The recent devastation and loss of life in Australia are a stark warning of the price of inaction.”
The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy declined to comment on the legal challenge. Related... Is ‘Vegan Leather’ Actually Sustainable? Here’s The Truth About The Trend Recognising Climate Refugees Is A Glimmer Of Hope For An Uncertain Future 'You Erased A Continent' – Anger As Ugandan Climate Activist Cropped From Agency Picture
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Shonda Rhimes addresses Regé-Jean Page’s ‘Bridgerton’ exit | Page Six Celebrity News
April 13, 2021
QLzfxGTWTPY
Wyatt Pike quits ‘American Idol’ in shocking exit after making top 12 | Page Six Celebrity News
April 13, 2021
_8T9BVhbO_w
Henry Cavill goes Instagram-official with girlfriend Natalie Viscuso | Page Six Celebrity News
April 12, 2021
b6mUHF1I32E
John Travolta Pays Tribute to Late Son Jett for His Birthday | E! News
April 14, 2021
On4Z4dG9TUU
Vine Star Adam Perkins Dead at Age 24 | E! News
April 14, 2021
oILKbojVzNY
"F9" Trailer: "Fast & Furious 9" Hits Theaters June 25
April 14, 2021
vyk54F_ynXE
Barbara Corcoran Says Real Estate, Not Crypto, Best Way to Get Rich
April 14, 2021
OK4tuXpANxk
'Drivers License' Singer Olivia Rodrigo Gets Parking Ticket | TMZ TV
April 13, 2021
VeWowCSAADk
Dolly Parton's Ice Cream Flavor Hawked on eBay for $1,000 | TMZ TV
April 13, 2021
yXv-IiGmOE0
Entertainment Industry Leading U.S. Jobs Recovery According to Monthly Employment Report
April 14, 2021
SN5rgjk1-YU
'F9: The Fast Saga' Director Justin Lin Breaks Down the Film's New Trailer
April 14, 2021
5PvfDJf1eGg
How 'The Mole Agent' Director Maite Alberdi Captured an Oscar-Nominated Documentary Film Noir
April 05, 2021
Ur2j2GWDEq8
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
19
Nov
ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group H
Sydney FC - Shanghai SIPG
17
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Spain - Germany
14
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Germany - Ukraine
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Liverpool
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Aston Villa
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Valencia - Real Madrid
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Verona
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Bromwich Albion - Tottenham Hotspur
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Bologna - Napoli
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Genoa - Roma
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Inter Milan
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Juventus
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen - Borussia Monchengladbach
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leicester City - Wolves
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Wolfsburg - Hoffenheim
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Valladolid - Athletic Bilbao
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Levante - Alaves
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Sociedad - Granada CF
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Torino - Crotone
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Getafe - Villarreal
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Everton - Manchester United
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Sheffield United
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Cadiz
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Real Betis
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Augsburg - Hertha Berlin
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Stuttgart - Eintracht Frankfurt
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
RB Leipzig - SC Freiburg
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Rotherham - Preston NE
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Parma - Fiorentina
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Watford - Coventry
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Norwich City - Swansea City
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Blackburn - QPR
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Derby County - Barnsley
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Huddersfield - Luton
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Nottingham Forest - Wycombe Wanderers
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Ham United - Fulham
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Sheffield Wednesday - Millwall
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Brentford - Middlesbrough
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Birmingham - Bournemouth
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Sevilla - Osasuna
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Benevento - Spezia
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Crystal Palace - Leeds
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Ferencvaros - Juventus
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Barcelona - Dynamo K.
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group A
Salzburg - Bayern Munich
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group D
Atalanta - Liverpool
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
zWJ3MxW_HWA L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.