Just a few days before COP27 opens, the decision on whether to approve the proposed Whitehaven coal mine in Cumbria has been delayed for the third time, see: https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4059426/government-delays-cumbria-coal-planning-decision-cop27. COP 27 could have been a chance for the new Prime Minister to announce to the world that the UK stands by the commitments made in Glasgow last year to consign coal to history. Instead, the decision has been put off again and is now expected sometime in December.
Alongside 24 other environmental organisations, including the RSPB, Greenpeace and The Wildlife Trusts, the countryside charity CPRE has written to Secretary of State Michael Gove – who’s now back in charge of making the decision – urging him to refuse the Cumbria coal mine, for the countryside and the planet see: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/government-urged-to-block-first-new-coal-mine-for-30-years-5s906r6d2
CPRE believes that there are just five weeks to keep the coal mine saga in the news and ensure Gove knows the eyes of the world are watching his decision. After their reversal on fracking just a few days into the new government, there is a precious chance to ensure the UK finally consigns coal to history and invests in a cleaner, greener future for us all.
It was public pressure that led to then Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick, to call in the coal mine for a public inquiry in the first place. And it’s public pressure that will make this coal mine politically impossible to approve. That’s why the CPRE will shortly announcing action to keep the pressure on the government at this critical time. Watch our web site for further information.
Source: CPRE newsletter.
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