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Minister Sees ‘Compelling Reasons’ to Block U.K. Coal Mine

  • Business secretary ‘sympathetic’ to climate change concerns
  • U.K. has intervened in planning decision over Cumbria mine
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WATCH: The U.K. wants to be a climate leader, but it also has potential plans to open a new coal mine.Source: Bloomberg
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Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said there are “very compelling reasons” to scrap plans for the U.K.’s first new deep coal mine in three decades, amid an outcry over environmental concerns.

Initially, ministers decided not to intervene in a proposal for a mine for coking coal to be used in the steel industry, in Cumbria, northwest England. But after campaigners and the government’s own advisers on the Climate Change Committee (CCC) said the plan undermined Boris Johnson’s green credentials, ministers decided to review it.