'What next, steam powered cars?'

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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AN announcement by the Government of plans by China Harbour Engineering Company to build a coal-fired electricity generating plant to power operations on the proposed Goat Islands port has been met with concern by Jamaica Observer online readers. The story was published yesterday following the announcement in Parliament by Transport and Works Minister Dr Omar Davies on Tuesday. Here are some edited comments:


China is one of the most unfriendly countries when it comes to protecting the environment. For those who haven't visited, you don't [know] what smog is until you do. I guess Portia was kept away from the pollution.


The Government of Jamaica must stop the delay and move forward. We spend too much time in this country fighting everything, while the country continues to suffer from lack of growth and opportunities.

...One coal-fired plant won't make Kingston/Old Harbour a polluted city and coal is the cheapest from of electricity so we need to get with the programme.


@jayjayja: No one wants to read your blog. Of the 10 most polluted cities in the world, seven are in China. One coal-fired plant in Kingston is the beginning because they can only start from one...


@jayjayja: ... Wait till you get more information as to the size of the plant, the source of the coal, the expected megawatt output vs the total needed, the current toxicity levels vs the proposed toxicity levels thereafter... and the list could go on and on.


@jayjayja: Well said, new technology has been implemented to generate clean coal electricity. ... Time to get Jamaica on the commercial map.


I can put my neck on the line and tell Jamaicans right now that if this or any other Jamaican administration allow China to build one coal-fired electrical plant in Jamaica, I can tell you that by 2020 or even earlier, Jamaica will be full of these plants.

Winston Anderson

@noshel: Many people don't understand what a coal plant really is. When they start to clean dirt out of their nostrils, they may realise it is a wrong thing to have in small Jamaica.

Peter Tosh

Pretty soon people will be walking around town wearing face mask like they do in most Asian countries, for example, China.


As a blogger once said, this Goat Island will be Little China. At the end of the day, Jamaica/Jamaicans will have no say in anything that goes on over there.


What next, steam-powered cars?


The question I ask is where is Minister Pickersgill in all of this?


Surprise surprise!. There will be the dredging of the sea and the burning of coal and we are yet to be told about the dumping of waste.


Why not use a cleaner form of renewable energy? Solar? Wind? I'm sure they can afford to... All I would like to know is why not?


Is the government really going to allow China to catch up coal fire in Jamaica? The government gave China the OK to destroy the environment on Goat Islands, now they are giving them the OK to pollute the environment all around with coal fire. I don't know where this government got their vision from... Maybe they are planning to start importing artificial lungs and other body parts when ppl start complaining and feeling ill.

Phillip Cole

And so it begins. Why would we leave the future of the nation in the hands of Mr 'Run with it'?


Guess what is making China so unlivable these days? Yes, you guessed it, coal!


I no longer support this Goat Islands project. The Chinese are going to turn Jamaica into an environmental dust bowl.

Sam Job

It now looks like we have very little input in the conception and implementation of this project.


We can now kiss our pristine white sand shores goodbye.


Have you seen what is happening in China? The people are walking around with masks?

Peter Sparks

This is going to be a disaster on every single level.


So you put a ban on cigarettes saying its for health reason... but then you want China to build a coal mine..?


To be blunt (and not curse) this is a disgrace!

D Robinson

I don't see the need to panic. Yes, coal-powered plants are not the cleanest, however, there are established standards recommended for operating these plants safely.


This coal thing is almost as depressing as the murders. It confirms our worst fears about this project and increases our suspicions about our government's priority. So sad.


Jamaica, stop panic over a darn coal plant! All your relatives in America, Canada, and England depend on it. So far, they haven't died yet.

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