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UK government U-turns on climate and agrees Drax gas turbines

UK business secretary, Andrea Leadsom has ignored both expert and public opinion to overrule a block on the construction of four new gas turbines at the Drax power station. As the protesters from Extinction Rebellion ramps up its protests just a stones-throw away from Leadsom’s office, the UK Conservative Party seems more out of touch with public opinion on climate change than ever. Drax is the UK’s largest producer of CO2, and is this plant gets built, will add 3.6 GW of capacity with the new turbines. These will replace coal-fired units at the Yorkshire based facility. With falling stock prices and an end to UK-based subsidies in 2027, Drax’s prior efforts to harness American grown biomass may seem less…

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