Poor beleaguered Cumbria County Council – first we (Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole) issue legal proceedings against them for giving the green light to the faux “environmentally friendly” “carbon neutral” coal mine and now West Cumbria Mining plan to start legal action against the council because the council quite rightly once again wants to review the decision it made to approve the coal mine plan. This new review of the plan follows the latest threat of legal action, (this time by South Lakes Action on Climate Change who are looking to challenge Secretary of State Robert Jenrick’s decision not to call the Council’s approval in for a public inquiry). West Cumbria Mining have issued a rather huffy statement which repeats all the old myths including that 90% of Cumbrians want this coal mine and that it would be a financial boon to Cumbria. Don’t make me laugh! West Cumbria Mining have already stole the Haig Mining Museum and lands from the Cumbrian public for less than the price of a bottle of pop.
Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole 6th March 2021 read more »
What ever happened to fracking? Fracturing rock to release gas and oil was supposed to solve the country’s power problems. So what happened? The vagaries of global energy prices have also been instrumental in the fortunes of fracking in Britain. When Cameron was dashing for gas in 2013, the oil price — which is closely linked to the cost of gas — was well over $100 a barrel. Jonathan Marshall, head of analysis at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit in London, said: “The politicians were saying, why are we spending all this money on imported gas when we are sitting on all this natural wealth?” But in 2015 a slowdown in China’s economy and a surge of production in America pushed down the price of oil to under $40 a barrel. “It killed the economics of fracking in the UK,” Marshall said. Renewable electricity, meanwhile, had suddenly become affordable. At the peak of fracking enthusiasm in 2014, coal generated more than 30 per cent of electricity in the UK. While ultra-polluting coal was so dominant, it was easy for ministers to make the case for shale gas as an environmentally friendly stopgap, a “bridging technology” that would keep the lights on until affordable renewables came on stream. But then the price of offshore wind power dropped from more than £150 per megawatt hour in 2014 to less than £40. As a result, coal now makes up less than 2 per cent of the power mix.
Times 7th March 2021 read more »