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Drax drops plans for Europe’s largest gas plant – Friends of the Earth reaction

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Welcoming news that power giant Drax has abandoned plans to build Europe’s biggest gas power plant, Friends of the Earth Yorkshire and Humberside campaigner Simon Bowens said: 

“At last Drax has woken-up to the reality that new gas-fired power stations have no future in a climate emergency. 
“But Drax continues to receive large sums of public money – more than £2 million a day – to burn vast amounts of wood in an incredibly inefficient old power station with a high carbon impact. 
“The government must tell Drax that it won’t get more cash hand-outs in the future. Public subsidies should only be used to support truly green power.”  
For more information contact the Friends of the Earth press office on 020 7566 1649 / 07718 394786 (out of hours – please do not text this number) or by emailing 
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1. About Friends of the Earth: Friends of the Earth is an international community dedicated to the protection of the natural world and the wellbeing of everyone in it. We bring together more than two million people in 75 countries, combining people power all over the world to transform local actions into global impact. For more information visit

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