24 May 2019

RWE destroys German villages

Europe’s most polluting coal utility, RWE, is still planning to expand its two open pit coal mines in North Rhine Westphalia, the Garzweiler and Hambacher mines. A large number of villages and several churches have already been destroyed for it, most recently, in January 2018 the Immerather Cathedral. Several more churches and villages are threatened by RWE’s plans to continue with expanding these mines. Destroying them is unnecessary, if RWE does what is needed in order to do its part for the UN Paris Climate Agreement, by shutting down 3.1GW at its Niederaußem & Neurath coal power plants in the short term and phasing out coal by 2030.

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