“We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel
when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy—sun, wind and tide.
I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power!
I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that."

                                                                                                   - Thomas Edison, 1931

As we confront global warming and make choices about how to meet energy needs for the next generation, it is imperative to tap and develop the potential of efficient, clean and renewable energy sources and reconsider the heedless rush to build new coal-fired power plant in Subic, Zambales. Considering all the costs of coal along its entire fuel-cycle – from mine to smokestack, makes the case for renewable energy and efficiency even stronger.

Enlightened provincial, municipal and barangay government officials in Olongapo City and Zambales along with, business groups, church people, community leaders, youth, teachers and other professionals including grassroots coalitions and organizations like the Olongapo-Zambales Civil Society Organization (OZCSN), are all making the case with citizens and uniting strongly to stop new plants from being built.

CLEAN COAL? It’s a dirty lie. There’s no such thing as clean coal. You burn coal and you get carbon. Unfortunately, coal is dirty. It is one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide emissions in the world (Energy Information Administration). Extracting and burning coal generates hundreds of millions of waste products including fly ash, bottom ash, gas desulfurization sludge (which contains mercury, uranium, thorium, arsenic, and other heavy metals). Sadly, there are more numerous dirty samples of the byproducts and hazards that result from coal use.

We all know that the industry's "clean coal" message is mere public relation's spin – it is an advertising slogan. Like "fat-free burger" or "interest-free loans." It’s a last ditch grab of monopoly capitalists to extract more super-profits from the coal industry.

Coal industry is a 19th century antiquated thing. Until
21st century, the exploitative US monopoly capitalists, leading the coal industry has invested multimillion dollars in their aggressive propaganda campaigns on pushing the myth of “clean coal." American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity are among front groups funded by US to create confusion about the health and environmental risks associated with coal burning.

As always, third world countries including the Philippines - a subservient client, are dumping grounds of obsolete technologies by world monopoly capitalists using dummy and or/ profit greedy local junior partners like the UNHOLY TRINITY - Manila Electric Co., Aboitiz Power Corp. and Taiwan Cogeneration Corp.

! Zambales and Olongapo City doesn't need more coal — we need Green Energy. The Philippines has sufficient technically and economically accessible renewable energy to meet current energy demand almost six times over. Renewable technologies, such as wind, solar, waste-to-energy and many more can revolutionize the process and ways we produce energy and help prevent dangerous global warming.

Click to sign petition. www.ipetitions.com/notocoal

8/14/2011 02:52:05 am

Hi Jazmine! Yes, there are lots of profit if that plant will successfully build in Subic and off course greedy here in the Philippines would get nourished! They won't even think of the output of many things..they just want money money money!!! Crocodile are just there waiting for a sum of money...tsk tsk tsk....thanks for being so brave! We like to support you!

8/14/2011 04:33:54 am

Thank you very much for your feedback. Philippine energy policy under Pnoy is anchored on pursuing and protecting big business' interest.

Nagkandarapang inaprubahan ng dating SBMA board ang coal plant project sapagkat nabusalan ang mga ito ng multi-milyong suhol mula sa proponent para magbulag-bulagan at magbingi-bingihan sa malakas na pagtutol ng mamamayan.

Ang kasalukuyan namang SBMA admin na appointed ni Pnoy, ay nakakabahala ang kanilang pananahimik sa usapin. Di malayong mangyari na ang kanilang patuloy na di-pagkibo ay dahil nabusalan na din ang kanilang bunganga ng salapi.

Anut-anuman ang kahihinatnan ng protesta laban sa planta, ay nakabatay sa patuloy na pagtutol ng higit na malawak na mamamayan ng Olongapo at Zambales, kabilang ang suporta ng iba pang mamamayan sa bansa.

The creation and development of a strong & determined campaign against coal plant can be achieved thru the combination of ONLINE & OFFLINE mode of action.

Magpatuloy po tayo hanggang sa tagumpay.


Arvin Rolly deloso Antipolo
8/29/2011 07:08:51 pm

it's simply NO to COAL. thanks so much jasmine.

3/7/2012 05:34:20 am

The use of renewables for generating power is to be congratulated. The latest coal publications and coal prices is that emerging countries are predicting to use large amounts of thermal coal for power generation and coal mining for steel production.
Cherry of www.coalportal.com


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