Environmentalists say that failure to avoid the planning application for West Cumbria Mining is ‘staggering’
Environmentalists and a local MP have protested the government’s decision not to block the development of a “climate-changing coal mine.” In spite of criticism from Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron, Communities Minister Robert Jenrick agreed on Wednesday not to oppose a planning application for a new coal mine in Cumbria. Jenrick had written to the Liberal Democrat MP, who is the party’s spokesperson on environmental and community issues, asking him to withdraw the proposals for West Cumbria Mining, which could now be officially accepted by the Cumbria County Council. “Farron said, “This decision is a total tragedy for the future of our children – a major step backward in the battle against climate change. “Newcastle councilors reject opencast coal mine plansRead more “For this Conservative government, it is absolute and rank hypocrisy to say one minute that they care about saving our environment, and give a deep coal mine the green light in the next. “environmentally sustainable. “environmentally sustainable.” Global leadership on the climate crisis means keeping coal in the ground where it belongs: ” Global climate crisis leadership means ensuring co-operation Doug Parr, the political director of Greenpeace UK, called on Jenrick to “immediately reverse his decision not to proceed with this project.” “Claiming it will be carbon neutral is like claiming an oil rig is a wind turbine,” he said. Job creation, of course, is absolutely important for cities, but we need to look forward to jobs in the 21st century. “Of course, job creation is absolutely vital for communities, but we need to look ahead to 21st century jobs. ” The stance of the government is that these issues are usually better determined by local authorities who know their own regions best, rather than by central government, at the local level. The authority of the Secretary of State to call in a case can only be used quite narrowly, and usually only when problems of more than local significance are involved in planning. The mine will be used to extract coking coal for steel production from underneath the Irish Sea.