I’m happy to welcome the news that Ayrshire Power have withdrawn plans for a new coal power station at Hunterston.
Back in March 2010 MSPs voted by 66 votes to 26 to support my motion calling on the Scottish Government to reject Ayrshire Power’s plans.
Ayrshire Power had failed to justify the need for a new fossil fuel power station so their climbdown is welcome, if extremely overdue. The communities nearby have been needlessly put through a stressful process, with public health and important wildlife habitats placed under threat.
Carbon capture was often cited by promoters of the scheme but it is widely accepted that such technology is a distant dream. I hope today’s U-turn sends a clear signal that the arguments for fossil fuels simply don’t stack up, allowing us to pursue Scotland’s renewables potential with vigour.