RJB's "clean coal" campaign puts Labour's energy policy to the test

In a bid to protect the dwindling market for coal, the UK's main coal producer RJB Mining has mounted an attack on power station emission limits set by the Environment Agency and called for an ambitious programme of new "clean coal" power stations. Its plans have struck a chord with the Labour Party, which has proposed a "clean fuel" levy to subsidise new clean coal projects and hinted that it may curb the growth of gas-fired generation. But Labour has failed to explain how it will provide the funds to support a clean coal programme - or how its ambitious target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions can be reconciled with moves to prop up the coal industry.

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