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Wil Sillen

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UK Parliament

Climate warning

Cumbria coal mine: Will it threaten the UK's climate targets?

However, in February 2021, progress was suspended after UKCCC warned the government that steel-making shouldn't use coal after 2035 if the UK wants to meet its climate targets. The council had granted permission to dig until 2049. The Planning Inspectorate reviewed the original decision, and sent a report to Communities Secretary Michael Gove - who has now approved the project. Mr Gove claims the coal mine would "to some extent, support the transition to a low-carbon future". But UKCCC chair Lord Deben previously called the proposal "indefensible". He warned that its approval would damage the UK's leadership on climate change, and "create another example of Britain saying one thing and doing another". The UK hosted the 2021 UN climate summit COP26, where it got countries to pledge to reduce their use of coal. Dr Sugandha Srivastav from University of Oxford said the new mine's approval will be seen as "extremely hypocritical". Read more:

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  • We Don't Have Time

    23 w

    Dear Wil Sillen Thank you for getting your climate warning to level 2! We have reached out to UK Parliament and asked for a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! /Muhammad We Don't Have Time

    • Tabitha Kimani

      23 w

      Sure. The coal mining portrays a double standard thus the trust on UK to fight climate change goes down.


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        • Sarah Chabane

          23 w

          I mean, it seems quite clear that the UK can't achieve its targets if it starts opening new coal mines...

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