Coal mine go-ahead ‘undermines climate summit’


Britain’s climate change leadership is being undercut by a government decision to allow a new coal mine in Cumbria, MPs have warned.

The UK is hosting a UN climate summit in November, where it will urge other nations to phase out fossil fuels.ย The MPs say the government’s decision to allow a new colliery at home will make it harder to secure a deal.

Mohamed Adow, from a pressure group, Powershift Africa, told BBC News: “It is quite bizarre that the UK government, in the year it hosts the biggest global climate talks since the signing of the Paris Agreement, has approved a new coal mine.”

Darren Jones, chair of the business committee, told BBC News it would be hard for the UK to persuade countries like Poland to abandon coal whilst building a mine.

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