February 2, 2023

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For the first time in 30 years, the UK is getting access to a new coal mine

For the first time in 30 years, the UK is getting access to a new coal mine

Supporters say the mining project will create many jobs in an area that has been hit hard economically by mine and factory closures in recent decades. But opposition is strong, because building a coal mine runs counter to the global fight against climate change. Greenhouse gases from the combustion of coal (as in steel and power plants) contribute to climate change. Reducing and eliminating the use and production of coal is seen as critical to achieving climate goals.

Environmental organizations are angry at the British government’s decision, but the UK government’s independent climate advisory is not happy about it. In recent years, this has sparked opposition to mine construction. The fact that permission was nevertheless obtained is not well received. Eliminating coal use is the clearest condition for reaching it only zero “This decision leads to an increase in global emissions,” says Chairman John Gummer.

to only zero Gummer points to the UK government’s ambitious climate targets. It has passed laws to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In other words, to be climate neutral. Critics question whether the UK will still be able to make it happen. Building a coal mine seems to undermine all credibility.

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