Coal Own Goal

Paul J Chapman FIChemE

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As I have written here (and on my politics blog) before, the European Union’s race to eliminate coal under the flawed logic of reducing CO2 to save the planet is once again demonstrated.

As a cheap energy source, at a time of austerity and concern about reliance on fuel from potential rogue countries such as Russia, coal should be retained and money spent on modernisation. Instead, plants like the SSI steelworks in Redcar are forced to close with the loss of 1700 direct jobs and many hundreds more indirectly.

While at the same time we can read stories like this one in Downstream Today, telling of India’s latest mining project which it hopes

will in five years be Asia’s biggest coal mine.

India’s coal minister sums up the futility of EU green initiatives and the worthless soundbites that will no doubt come out of the UN Climate summit in…

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