It plans to open a new underground coal mine in the UK for the first time in 30 years It was met with harsh criticism. The opening of a new coal mine amid climate change in the same year that Britain hosts the main United Nations climate summit, COP26, has led the government to be accused of hypocrisy on the climate issue.
The mine, which was planned near Whitehaven in the county of Cumbria in northwest England, was approved by local politicians in October. The government could have stopped the foundation, but it abstained on the grounds that its policy was not to interfere in decisions made locally by people there who knew the best of the circumstances.
Now the government has waveredThe responsible minister, Robert Generic, announced, on Thursday evening, that he would take over the case.
In a letter to the local authority, he wrote that new information has emerged about how the mine is affecting the climate, and that a government investigation is therefore required, Sentinel writes.
The new information is a report that came from the country’s climate change commission in December that contained new advice for the government on how to achieve the legally binding goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
The committee has also written a letter to Robert Generic warning that the new mine will produce more emissions than anyone else in the UK. It would also give a “negative impression” of the country’s climate policy as they prepare to host COP26 in November in Glasgow.
In his letter to the local authority, Robert Genrik requests, among other things, a description of how the planned mine will fit into the challenges posed by the climate crisis, such as floods and sea level rise.
The decision has been welcomed before Environmental organizations are urging the government to halt plans for the mine.
Among the critics of the mining plans is one of the world’s most famous climate scientists, James Hansen, who previously worked for NASA. He wrote a letter to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, with a copy to the new US climate envoy, John Kerry, urging Johnson to stop the coal mine. In the letter, he wrote, among other things, that the decision to continue with plans for a new coal mine showed “contempt for the future of the youth” and would result in “shame and humiliation”.