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David Cameron should defy European directives and keep our coal-fired power stations running (The Telegraph)

    CPS Research Fellow Tony Lodge writes the lead letter in The Telegraph on Thursday 21st February 2013.

    To view the article as its original posting, please visit The Telegraph website

    "SIR – The closure of a third of Britain's coal-fired power stations and all its oil-fired power stations by 2015 is the root cause of our looming energy crisis (report, February 20). But this decision has been forced on Britain by the European Union's Large Combustion Plant Directive.

    David Cameron should now act in the national interest and deviate from the EU directive, instead keeping those coal and oil plants that are under sentence as an emergency energy reserve for the next five years, allowing them to be used when necessary to provide electricity.

    The Government can still take the lead on this issue, but time is tight. Will it act?

    Tony Lodge 
    Research Fellow, Centre for Policy Studies
    London SW1"

    To view the article as its original posting, please visit The Telegraph website

    Date added: Thursday 21st February 2013