Coal mine go-ahead ‘undermines climate summit’
- January 25, 2021
- Posted by: P0wer_Shift@fric@
- Category: Climate Change
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. 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.