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Coal: “Very compelling reasons” not to open mine, says minister – Friends of the Earth reaction

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Reacting Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng’s comments today that there are “very compelling reasons” not to open a new coal mine in Cumbria, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Tony Bosworth said: 

“Kwasi Kwarteng’s comments are the strongest indication yet of real opposition at the heart of government to the Cumbria coal mine. 

“This mine will increase global emissions and severely damage the UK’s credibility ahead of hosting vital climate talks later this year. 

“The government must reject this climate-wrecking mine and help the UK steel industry move to zero carbon production technology – which will cut emissions and generate green jobs.”


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