Link to this document: tiny.cc/operationdracula
🌲 😈 Operation Dracula 😈 🌲
Operation Dracula is the Extinction Rebellion (XR) and Biofuelwatch collaboration action against Drax Power Station. This is a part of Biofuelwatch's campaign called #AxeDrax. Set up by XR Glasgow and XR York, XR North plans to continue Operation Dracula with more online and (creative) offline actions.
Drax is the UK's single largest carbon emitter, and emitted almost 13 million tonnes of CO2 from burning wood in 2019. Due to EU and UK laws that biomass is to be classed as "renewable". However, it will take decades or even longer for new trees to be able to absorb the emissions produced by burning trees in Drax today. This is time which we do not have if we are to keep global temperature rises below 1.5 degrees.
Drax also makes bold claims about being the first carbon negative power station through its pilot project to capture carbon emissions from its tree burning. Yet, this bioenergy with carbon capture and storge technology is unproven and even if it did work, it would lead to more forest destruction and increased carbon emissions.
To make this worse, Drax is now planning to build the UK's biggest ever fossil gas power station!
If we can effectively transfer renewable subsidies from biomass burning to genuine renewables, then this can set a clean-energy precedent for other countries around the world. We must get the message out that large-scale tree burning is not a solution (also see here). Find out more about Drax and its crimes from Biofuelwatch.
We must Axe Drax before it is too late.
Quite simply, to Axe Drax! But Drax will never do that itself, so here's what we must do:
Right now, the government is deciding on whether it should lift the environmental safeguards that Biofuelwatch and other organisations fought so hard for that ensure that new biomass power stations do not qualify for renewable subsidies. Their campaign stopped the introduction of more dangerous wood burning projects by increasing regulations on efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions. Drax Power Station is bad enough, we don't need more wood burning giants polluting people and the planet. So please:
Before 29th May, which is when it closes. (updated from 22nd May on 21st May)
Also, make sure you sign up to get involved with the Drax action.
This is the UN’s International Biodiversity Day, and the 2020 theme is "our solutions are in nature". While Drax requires trees to be cut down at an alarming rate, we need them more than ever to tackle the increasingly pressing climate crisis with our pre-existing carbon capture and storage: forests. The American forests which are being clear-felled to burn as wood pellets in Drax are home to many rare and endangered species, including black bears, salamanders, the Venus flytrap and many species of bird. It is time for us to cut through Drax’s greenwashing and take action against Drax Power Station!
This action is in 3 parts:
See details below.
On Twitter, we have to aim to get #AxeDrax trending.
Use these tags if you can:
Drax Power Station’s tree burning is fuelling #forest destruction & the #ClimateCrisis. This #BiodiversityDay 2020, it’s time to #AxeDrax & let #forests live .#AxeDraxNotTrees #DigitalStrike #DefendTheDefenders @Rebellion_North
Wildlife in nature-rich #forests in North America & Europe is being destroyed by the logging operations for Drax Power Station in the UK. We cannot be destroying our natural world for a false energy solution that makes no sense. It is time to #AxeDrax not wildlife. @Rebellion_North
Forests are the lungs of our planet but Drax Power Station is burning millions of tonnes of wood from biodiverse #forests in the Southern USA & Europe which are home to many rare & endangered species. On #BiodiversityDay 2020, it’s time to #LoveWildlife & #AxeDraxNotTrees.
Drax Power Station’s tree burning is devastating #wildlife, #forests, communities & the #climate. This #BiodiversityDay 2020, we demand that Drax stops burning all the things and call for an end to Drax’s #tree #burning subsidies. #AxeDraxNotTrees #lLoveWildlifeAxeDrax
Drax Power Station is the UK’s biggest carbon emitter & the world’s largest #tree burner. For the sake of our planet, we need to protect our #wildlife & restore our amazing #forests, not burn them in power stations like Drax. #BiodiversityDay 2020 #AxeDrax
Dear [@my MP], happy #BiodiversityDay 2020! For the sake of our #wildlife, our #forests & the #climate, please ensure that future UK renewable subsidies are not used to fund new #biomass power stations which burn trees: https://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/2020/cfd-consultation-alert/ #AxeDrax #LoveWildlifeAxeDrax
Dear [@my MP], Drax Power Station receives over £2.16m a day in UK renewable subsidies to burn #trees & many are from biodiverse US #forests. On #BiodiversityDay 2020, we call on @KwasiKwarteng & @AlokSharma_RDG to transfer these subsidies to renewables & #AxeDrax
Use these tags:
Drax Power Station is the UK's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide and the world’s biggest tree burner. For this, it gets £789.5 million a year from our energy bills to keep destroying forests, harming wildlife and polluting communities. On Biodiversity Day 2020, it is time to #AxeDrax, not trees.
#AxeDraxNotTrees #DefendTheDefenders #NoForestsNoFuture
Here are a couple of sample posts:
Drax Power Station in Yorkshire is the UK’s largest polluter & the world’s biggest wood burner. Much of the wood which it burns comes from the clear-felling of biodiverse forests in Europe and the Southern USA which are home to many rare and endangered species.
We are in a climate and ecological emergency. For the sake of our planet, our wildlife and our communities, we need to let our forests live, stop power stations like Drax from burning trees and support a Just Transition to genuinely renewable energy. This #BiodiversityDay 2020, it’s time to #LoveTrees, #AxeDrax and switch to Clean Energy!
Find out more from The Dogwood Alliance here: https://www.dogwoodalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Biomass-Investigation-Booklet-2019.pdf
Drax Power Station is the UK's biggest emitter of Carbon Dioxide, and gets £789.5 a year for our energy bills to keep polluting. It is time to #AxeDrax, not trees. Find out more from @Biofuelwatch, and read this briefing: tiny.cc/operationdracula.
We need to @Build Back Better from this crisis, by winding down polluting industries and transferring to genuinely renewable electricity generation. Let's #AxeDrax, scrap the £1bn in subsidies for burning trees, fund new green jobs and stop polluting our towns for the sake of people and planet. @XRNorth
BIOMASS IS NOT GREEN
Drax power station near York is the world's single largest burner of wood pellets, and these wood pellets come from the US and Canada where nature rich forests are being clear-felled and replaced with pine monocultures. This destroys the existing biodiverse complex ecosystem, and replaces it with man-made rows of pine, and would take hundreds of years to return to its natural state.
BIOMASS IS NOT CARBON NEUTRAL
Because of the carbon accounting loophole, neither the US nor the UK count the emissions that come from burning millions of tons of wood. In 2019, 65% of the pellets burned by Drax were imported from the Southeastern USA and much of the wood burned by Drax comes from clear-felled biodiverse forests. If new trees are planted, they are often monoculture plantations which support almost no life Trees take decades to grow, so plantations that are planted will take far too long to reabsorb the carbon released by burning; and in addition, as they are plantations, they will likely be cut down and burnt in 20 years or less.
YOU ARE PAYING FOR THIS
Every British energy bill payer is paying to keep Drax running, with Drax getting £2.36 million a day from us. Government subsidies make up more than 100% of Drax's profits, meaning they wouldn't be in business without them. And this money comes out of the taxes on British energy bills.
DON'T BELIEVE THE GREENWASH
Drax will try to convince you they are part of the solution. Don't believe them. They are emitting millions of tons of CO2 into the air and they are not counting it, on the false idea that planting pine saplings makes up for clear-cutting vast areas of biodiverse forests.
Watch this movie to find out more: https://burnedthemovie.com
Still don’t trust this? See this letter 800 scientists sent to the EU: http://www.pfpi.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/UPDATE-800-signatures_Scientist-Letter-on-EU-Forest-Biomass.pdf
Thank you for taking action against Drax Power Station!