Shut down coal power plants in 2020

Saving Our Planet (SavingOurPlanet.net / SavingOurPlanet.fr) issues a Climate Warning to President Emmanuel Macron, Champion of the Earth: to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement, it is necessary for France to cut CO2 emissions by at least 5% per year from 2020 on. Delays in achieving this reduction rate mean +0.1 degrees Celsius global warming per year. Our partner organization Climate Scorecard has evaluated that "governments must strengthen their Paris Agreement pledges by 2020 to make them in line with the 1.5 degree global warming tipping point".

People say it’s impossible, but “impossible is not French”. Are you really a Champion of the Earth, President Macron?

If so, please bear with me... France can show the way using 4 simple Climate actions:

1. Shut down all remaining coal power plants in France, all 5 plants before end 2020.

2. Stop increasing electricity prices by removing unfair taxes on electricity and save by cutting subsidies on fossil fuels or extremely expensive power sources or capacity mechanisms when the French power mix is already available on-demand, affordable, low carbon and reliable. Please keep doing what works now and keep innovations at experimental levels until scaling up makes economic sense. If new power sources are cheaper or have achieved grid parity, why are they still paid guaranteed purchase prices higher than spot and average market prices, even for recent contracts?

3. Support tree planting on N0CO2 ( N0CO2.org or N0CO2.fr ) and carbon-negative materials to capture CO2 as fast as possible and create new carbon sinks !

4. Support and commit to the Citizens'Call for an Ecological Europe on ObjectiveEarth.eu or ObjectifTerre.eu

Agree to this campaign to demand an answer from Emanuel Macron.

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7 comments

Johannes Luiga
5 months ago

This is very good!

Stephan Savarese
5 months ago

That's awesome Alice !

Alice Strand
5 months ago

Thank you for your campaign and congratulations on​ reaching level 2. A message has been sent to the recipient.

Stephan Savarese
5 months ago

Traduction en français: La France peut montrer la voie à l'aide de 4 actions climatiques simples : 1. Fermeture de toutes les centrales au charbon restantes en France, toutes les 5 centrales avant fin 2020. 2. Cesser d'augmenter les prix de l'électricité en supprimant les taxes injustes sur l'électricité et économiser en réduisant les subventions sur les combustibles fossiles ou les sources d'énergie ou mécanismes de capacité extrêmement coûteux alors que le mix énergétique français est déjà disponible à la demande, abordable, faible en carbone et fiable. S'il vous plaît, continuez à faire ce qui fonctionne maintenant et maintenez les innovations à un niveau expérimental jusqu'à ce que la mise à l'échelle soit économiquement raisonnable. Si les nouvelles sources d'énergie sont moins chères ou ont atteint la parité réseau, pourquoi sont-elles encore payées à des prix d'achat garantis supérieurs aux prix spot et aux prix moyens du marché, même pour les contrats récents ? 3. Soutenir la plantation d'arbres sur N0CO2 ( N0CO2.org ou N0CO2.fr) et les matériaux négatifs en carbone pour capturer le CO2 le plus rapidement possible et créer de nouveaux puits de carbone ! 4. Soutenir et s'engager en faveur de l'Appel des citoyens pour une Europe écologique sur ObjectiveEarth.eu ou ObjectifTerre.eu

Stephan Savarese
5 months ago

Clearly, the priority should be shutting down coal power plants, without opening new gas power plants, of course. Keeping operating hydro and nuclear power plants or building new ones is a sensible option in France, given the excellent safety and pollution track record. In France and many other countries, a mix of geothermal (including heat pumps for surface geothermal power) wind, solar, hydro, nuclear is necessary to reach 100% low-carbon power as soon as possible.

Julie Wornan
5 months ago

The most urgent and worthwhile thing Macron can do is to get that “50% nuclear” law removed. This rule has absolutely no justification. But it forces France to close down a perfectly functioning nuclear plant (Fessenheim)... in order to build another! Substituting low carbon energies (wind, solar) for another (nuclear) does nothing to reduce CO2 emissions. Dominique Minière considers that ALL of France’s nuclear reactors can be kept running until they reach 60 years. To destroy these plants before it’s necessary is a huge waste of money. It also puts our security of supply at risk, impedes our capacity to reach our CO2 reduction goals and puts our Planet in more danger from climate change. The President of France can revoke the “50%” rule. It’s the most important thing he can do for the Climate. We need to tell him!

Julie Wornan
5 months ago

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