Coal-mine backtrack

Submitted by AWL on 16 February, 2021 - 7:41 Author: Abel Harvie-Clark

Cumbria’s Labour county council has announced that it will reconsider the development of a new deep coal mine.

A spokesperson for the council said this was due to the official Climate Change Committee’s advice in December 2020 with regards to the UK’s sixth carbon budget. It does not take a rocket scientist to work out that digging coal to burn, whether for electricity or steel-making, is not a good way to reduce carbon emissions. Whilst the current trend might look like it is going against new coal, the inconsistency and lack of alternative economic opportunity undermines any climate ambition.

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