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New coal mine in Cumbria

(7 Posts)
MrsPickle Wed 29-Jun-22 20:30:32
What do you think?
There are are carbon tradeoffs for the steel industry.
There are still vast coal reserves here.
What do you think?

Esspee Wed 29-Jun-22 22:18:46

Isn’t the alternative to import the coal?
If we are to have a steel industry we need coal.
By my reckoning producing it locally is the best option.

Ali23 Wed 29-Jun-22 22:26:42

I think no to any new fossil fuels. Invest in alternative energies. Firstly, because that’s the ethical thing to do, and secondly because we need to see alternative energy as the emerging marketplace.

riete Wed 29-Jun-22 22:37:54

obviously the ideal solution would be to produce the steel without the use of coal (or anything worse). but realistically when might that happen? not next week, for sure!

if our steel industry is going to use coal, then far better it's dug up close to where it's needed. minimise transport costs. also maximise jobs for local people. however, the government should perhaps enforce taxes high enough to ensure the steel industry will want to operate without coal, and thus research and invest accordingly.

oh. whoops. i forgot who's in charge. shouldn't have wasted my "breath". i bet he has lots of chums making money the way things are, so i don't expect any change for the better.

volver Wed 29-Jun-22 22:58:58

Most of the coal extracted from this mine will be sold abroad, so the idea that it's going to be used for our home grown steel industry is incorrect. We already have adequate coal supplies for our steel industry from non-Russian sources. The coal this mine will produce is not suitable for making steel because its sulphur content is too high. The industry expectation is that they will move to "green steel" by 2030. Any increased dependency on coal makes our climate change targets more unachievable.

Fair to say it's a complete white elephant and I'm not in favour!

riete Thu 30-Jun-22 01:15:04

thanks for the "translation" volver. we do tend to get blinded by the stories we're fobbed off with.

TopsyIrene06 Thu 30-Jun-22 06:57:58

Thanks Volver. Comprehensive and succinct. Says it all.