This Thursday there was a protest outside Holyrood that featured people dressed up as trees, protest songs and numerous Leithers.
All were gathered to try to persuade the Scottish Government to close loopholes in the new proposed subsidy regime that would allow large biomass power plants – similar to the one Forth Energy proposed to build on Leith – to claim considerable public subsidies whilst delivering little environmental benefit.
Even though Forth Energy have dropped their last proposal for a power plant on Leith Docks – locals fear that if the parliament rubber stamps the current proposals the firm may return to Leith with a new proposal for another giant, inefficient power station.
Our response to a Scottish Government consultation on the public subsidy regime outlines these loopholes in detail. You can read it here.
You can find a joint policy briefing from Biofuelwatch, No Lieth Biomass, Grangemouth Community Council and Friends of the Earth Scotland here.
Here’s a video clip of what local MSP’s, Malcolm Chisholm and Alison Johnstone said to the gathered crowd.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj3WBMT4eEA&w=560&h=315]
Sally Miller, from the No Leith Biomass campaign also managed to get folk singing a specially written protest song. Here’s a short audio clip of the singing: