UCL Economist Prof Paul Ekins O.B.E refutes coal company greenwash

It's 'Economic Nonesense' that UK coal mining saves Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Banks Group and West Cumbria Mining, are trying to start coal mines based on the idea that digging up coal locally is better for the climate, because otherwise it would come from abroad.

Professor Paul Ekins O.B.E., a leading resource enconomist at UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources, explains why this is 'economic nonsense', and how digging up more coal adds to greenhouse gas emissions, no matter where it comes from.

Read Profesor Ekin's full objection to Banks Group's proposal for West Bradley opencast coal mine.

The video footage shows the opencast coal extraction at Bradley, Pont Valley, County Durham which was operational June 2018-August 2020.

On our Actions page you can object to the current coal mine applications in which companies use this false argument.

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Coal Roundup September 2020

TWO Opencast coal mines rejected this summer! Plus: plans for coking coal mines and power station closure dates

Coal Action Network is Recruiting

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Opencast coal mine at Druridge Bay rejected

Late on the 8th September 2020, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government said that Banks Group will not be allowed to extract coal from Highthorn, close to Druridge Bay, Northumberland. Save Druridge, the local community group, are delighted.

Support legal battles to stop coal

We are helping to fight two legal battles, one against the government for allowing the opencast to go ahead and the other against Banks itself for destroying the breeding grounds of a protected species.

Object to Banks Group’s ‘West Bradley’ extension in the Pont Valley

Banks Group want to expand the Bradley Opencast coal mine in the Pont Valley. Campaign to Protect Pont Valley have launched a new campaign to oppose this planning application and they need your support.

Coal Roundup June 2020

Decisions on coal mines still pending despite reduced coal demand & power station closures

Coal Roundup February 2020

The latest on current operating and proposed mines, and coal use in the UK

Object to the giant Cumbrian coal mine

West Cumbria Mining want to dig an underground coking coal mine (coal for steel) under the sea near to Whitehaven, Cumbria. If approved the mine would produce 2.78 million tonnes of coal per year for fifty years, mainly for export to European steel works.

Object to a new 50-year coking coal mine in Cumbria

An exhibition launches this week at the National Coal Museum. The exhibition brings together experiences of communities from Russia, Colombia, County Durham and South Wales as they live alongside and take on the coal industry.