‘Magical thinking’: Cumbria confirms coal mine plans despite net zero target

Cumbria County Council has ratified a controversial decision to approve a metallurgical coal mine despite opposition from local climate campaigners and an intervention from TV naturalist David Attenborough.

Councillors had originally approved the plans in March, but had to ratify that decision “as a matter of prudence” after the threat of legal challenge from campaigners. 

The deep mine, to be run by West Cumbria Mining, will extract around 2.5 million tonnes of coal a year from under the seabed at Whitehaven, resulting in the release of an estimated 450 million tonnes of carbon dioxide over its projected 50-year lifespan.

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