This is one hell of an impressive sight. It may not be the most beautiful of structures (what power station is?), but its sheer size is something to behold. I am, for those who don't know, talking about the largest power station in Europe and one of the top ten biggest power stations on the planet - Drax Power Station near Selby in North Yorkshire. It has twelve 500ft cooling towers and the tallest chimney in the UK. At 850ft it is almost 100ft higher than the Canary Wharf tower in London's docklands. And yes, for film anoraks, it was the inspiration for the James Bond enemy number 1 in the film Moonraker.
7% of the entire electricity output in the UK comes from this one station, as well as 4% of the country's CO2 emissions. Without the operation of Drax, large swathes of the UK - from the Midlands to the Scottish Borders - could be affected by power cuts. Unless we are prepared to go nuclear, this country will continue to rely on the indispensable service Drax provides. Although the two other power stations in the area, Ferrybridge and Selby Fork, are unaffected by the action of environmental lunatics, their output combined does not equal that of Drax. In short, if Drax is forced to suspend operations, my lights will go out.
Who do these people think they are to go around disrupting everybody else's life? Millions across the country rely on a continuous source of electricity, yet they think they have the right to plunge everybody into a pit of darkened misery in order to satiate the 'green is good' warped mentality of their so-called minds!! The government has rated Drax the cleanest coal-fired station in the UK. What are we supposed to use for our electricity supply? A swarm of ugly wind turbines desecrating the countryside? Or would they preferred it if we cooked by candlelight?
600 morons have amassed at Drax for today's plan of action. Many have said they will break the law in order to shut down supply. It is incumbent on the North Yorkshire Police, who have enlisted support from constabularies as far away as Hampshire, to make sure these idiots do not succeed in their aims.