Comeback Coal?

Are you confused by Government policy on climate change? Well, you’re not alone. Last night’s BBC Panorama programme looked at opencast coal mining, which is now favoured by the Labour Government after successful lobbying by UK Coal and others. Sadly, Scotland only received a mention. If you miss the programme on iPlayer, see the related BBC News story. The Government hangs its hopes on making coal clean by carbon capture and storage (CCS), which SANC has serious concerns about. Yet the best we can hope for is 12 CCS plants operating across the EU by 2015. This is too little, too late and is yet another reminder that while the Government talks about reducing fossil fuel consumption, the reality is quite the opposite.

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