Plans for a new coal mine in Cumbria are incompatible with the UK’s climate goals, according to a new report by independent thinktank Green Alliance that rejects the economic and industrial rationale for the controversial project. The £165m Woodhouse colliery in Cumbria was approved by Cumbria County Council and received cross-party backing in March 2019. Slated to produce 2.43m tonnes of coking coal a year for 50 years, advocates for the project have claimed it is needed to fuel the UK steel industry and bring jobs to a region with high unemployment. However, this week’s report – which was authored by Lancaster University’s Rebecca Willis and Mike Berners-Lee – argues the claims put forward by supporters of the project do not stand up to scrutiny and fail to consider how the steel industry is evolving in pursuit of cleaner operating models.
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Cumbria deserves better than this proposed coal mine.
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