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Friday, January 27, 2023

UK greenlights first coal mine in nearly three decades

The UK government on Wednesday gave the green signal to a new coal mine in the north of England, first in almost 30 years, a move that has drawn criticism from the opposition and environmental groups. A spokesman for the Ministry of Territorial Balance announced to the media that the necessary permits have been signed for the construction of a mine in the county of Cumbria, whose coal be used in metallurgical productionBut not for power generation.

Coal needed for the manufacture of steel”have to care“From other countries if it was not obtained on British soil,” the spokesman said.There’s no point in importing all our coalIt would be tantamount to abandoning our climate commitments,” argued Conservative MP Mark Jenkinson.

even though the UK lobbied at the COP26 climate summitWhich was held in Glasgow last year, so that coal use “goes into history”, with the British government ensuring the new mine is compatible with climate legislation that requires reaching net zero emissions by 2050.The mine hopes its operation will be zero emissions“, in addition to “contributing to local employment and the general economy” of the country, said the Ministry of Territorial Balance.

West Cumbria Mining, the firm responsible for the project, estimates it will attract £165 million of private investment (€190 million) will make around the English field 500 jobs and will produce 2.8 million tonnes of coking coal per year.

environmental groups friends of the earth Criticized the permission granted by the executive: “It is a wrong decision to approve this mineA very pernicious error that goes against all available evidence.”

“The mine is not necessary. It will add more global emissions and It will not replace Russian coalsaid the activist of the group tony bosworth, The Green Party deputy also expressed regret over the permit Caroline Lucaswho declared that the UK was “a Green and clean industrial strategy for the future,

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