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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Message from Jos from Defend Dewley Hill

My name is Jos and I’m part of the team at Defend Dewley Hill. We’re a group of residents from Throckley near Newcastle, who set out to save our local landscape from opencast coal extraction, and we really need your support.

Update- Defend Dewley Hill

Newcastle City Council are expected to decide whether to protect the area at Dewley Hill to the West of the city, or if Banks Group is allowed to opencast it instead before the end of the year. The hearing will either be the 20th November or the 18th December.

Cumbrian Councillors go against climate consensus and approve coking coal mine

If this mine were to go ahead it would mean the first new underground coal mine to be started in the UK in many years. Now the decision will go to Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick,

Coal Roundup September 2020

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

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.

Coal mining in the Pont Valley to end August 2020

Campaign to Protect Pont Valley and other local people are delighted that Banks plans to further exploit the Pont Valley were dashed.

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

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