DECEMBER 7, 2005
8:38 AM

CONTACT: Greenpeace
Tara Buakamsri, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Climate Campaigner +66 185 50 013
Jean-Francois Fauconnier, Greenpeace International Climate Campaigner +66 142 29 645
Michael Kessler, Greenpeace International Communications +66 689 84 302
Ua-phan Chamnan-Ua, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Media Officer +66 192 82 426
Video: Michael Nagasaka, Greenpeace International +31 646 166 309
Photos: John Novis, Greenpeace International + 31 653 819 121
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Greenpeace Expands Protest Against Coal in Thailand

MAP TA PHUT, Thailand - December 7 - Greenpeace activists from Thailand, the Philippines and the United States today set up camp outside the main gate of the BLCP coal power plant in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, to draw attention to its climate killing impact and the Thai government's plans to open 18 more dirty power plants in the next decade.

"Coal is the main cause of climate change in Thailand and Southeast Asia. Greenpeace demands that construction on this site be stopped and a thorough review of the Thai Government's coal driven energy plan be undertaken immediately," said Greenpeace Southeast Asia spokesperson Tara Buakamsri from the camp. "We will stay here until our demands are met."

"It is ludicrous that in a region rich in potential for renewable energies like wind, biomass and solar power, governments, international financial institutions and industry continue with plans for the expansion of a dirty and harmful energy like coal," concluded Buakamsri.

Earlier this morning, with the Greenpeace flagship the Rainbow Warrior looking on, 4 activists unfurled banners saying "BLCP, Climate Killer" on the plant's coal unloading cranes.

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