The Cumbria coal mine project received Michael Gove’s approval recently. The emissions from this plant, the first to open in Britain in 30 years, will equal 200,000 more cars on the roads of the U.K. annually.
Michael Gove, a cabinet minister, asserted that it was appropriate to approve the contentious Cumbria coal mine. He was asked to submit copies of his statement, but he refused because part of his statement was adlibbed. After a commotion, the Commons’ proceedings had to stop.
Michael Gove just approved a new coal mine in Cumbria.— Zarah Sultana MP (@zarahsultana) December 7, 2022
The first to be opened in Britain in 30 years, its emissions will be equivalent to 200,000 extra cars on our roads every year.
The Tories again show they put the fossil fuel industry before people and planet. Shameful.
There was discussion about why Labour’s shadow ministers and opposition MPs were not given copies of the announcement. Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker, ended the debate by stating that this was not the proper manner to conduct government.
Later, the comments were typewritten. Sir Lindsay voiced his shock that the government did not follow the ministerial code of showing the Opposition a copy of the text 45 minutes before the announcement.
The Controversial statement of Michael Gove regarding the Cumbria Coal Mine
Before the argument, Gove asserted that the steel industry’s Cumbria coal coking mine would be net zero compliant. He added that the mine would generate 500 employees, considerably boosting the local economy. Members of the Opposition, scientists, and environmentalists have vehemently opposed the decision to permit the mine.
Speaker Hoyle has suspended the Commons because he is so enraged with Gove for not releasing advance copies of his complete Cumbria coal statement.
Michael Gove expressed regret to the Speaker and the House, stating that he did not want to be impolite and that he understood the value of ministerial politeness.
Protests against the Cumbria Coal Mine
Lisa Nandy, Wigan’s Labour MP, conveyed her offense with Michael Gove’s plan over a new coal mine in Cumbria. She questioned, ” What on earth is he thinking?” Lisa also stated that this new coal mine neither improves energy security nor provides sustainable and profitable jobs. According to Lisa Nandy, Cumbria’s new coal mine project is “absolutely a disaster.”
Sir David King, the Ex-chief scientific advisor, said, ” The decision to go ahead with a new coal mine in Cumbria is an incomprehensible act of self-harm. This action by leading developed economy sets exactly the wrong example to the rest of the world.”
How much the mine emits greenhouse gases?
The mine is predicted to result in an annual rise in greenhouse gas emissions of 0.4 million tonnes, or around 200,000 automobiles.
How much Coal can be extracted?
According to the authorized plans, the mine will produce nearly 2.8 million tonnes of coal annually.