The Philippines: a nation suffering from climate impacts, in a pro-coal administration
The Philippine government has been steadily prioritizing coal, gas, and oil as the country’s main sources of energy . Unfortunately, this strategy will never help achieve energy security but will only increase the country’s dependence on imported fossil fuels.
The question of coal is particularly serious. Given the economic, social and environmental havoc that climate change has wrought on the Philippines, embracing fossil fuels is a dangerous policy. Short term benefits of coal to some elite players in the Philippine economy pale in comparison to the billions that coal and oil are costing the Philippines as a nation, with respect to climate change impacts alone.
For instance, 13 operational coal-fired power plants already burn coal to produce electricity, with an installed capacity of 5,568 MW in 2013. Worse yet, the government plans to bring online another 45 coal-fired power plants. Operating the 45 new coal-fired power stations with a capacity of over 10,300 MW could push up the Philippines’ CO2 emissions by over 64.4 to 79.8 million metric tons a year. Our leaders have been publicly talking a green talk, but quietly walking on the path of dirty fossil fuels.