DOE tells Al Gore: Get real, PH needs coal fuel for next 25 years
Energy Secretary Zenaida Y. Monsada is apparently not a fan of self-styled climate change activist and former US vice president Al Gore.
Monsada told Gore that the Philippine could not stop its dependence on coal-fired power plants “not at this time.”
“They’re saying: Why are you still allowing coal plants? But what we’re saying is: we still need power.
We can’t prevent them at this point. We have to take note also that five years ago, these were already planned and they have already been under construction,” Monsada said.
“We still need power… If there will be no coal plants, will the typhoons stop coming, will there be no more flash floods? We need power to fuel the economy,” said Monsada.
Coal-fired plants produce 5,800 megawatts of power or half of the country’s total production with over 80 percent deployed for Luzon.
This was Monsada’s belated reaction to Gore’s speech in a climate change forum in Manila two weeks ago where the former US VP urged the government to end its dependence to polluting coal-fired power stations and to build a new energy infrastructure anchored on renewable energy.
Gore’s main Philippine contact is Senator Loren Legarda whose son, Leonardo Leviste, has formed a company, Solar Philippines, to sell solar energy solutions to corporatioms. His biggest client is Bilyonaryo Henry Sy.