Hatfield Colliery closure speeds up UK exit from deep coal mining
Britain’s Hatfield Colliery will stop producing coal with immediate effect after being unable to sell its coal following the sharp rise in the UK’s carbon tax, Prospect union said on Tuesday.
The closure of the employee-owned mine in South Yorkshire is 14 months earlier than expected. Around 500 employees work at the mine.
In April, Britain’s carbon tax, which charges power producers for each tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) they emit, almost doubled to 18.08 pounds per tonne to encourage utilities to switch fuels, as coal-fired power generation produces almost double the amount of CO2 as gas-fired plants.
“Hatfield has been unable to sell its coal because of the government’s refusal to sponsor coal contracts with generators and the doubling of the UK’s carbon tax,” Prospect negotiator Mike Macdonald said.
Is there anything to say?
Whilst expecting people to go down mines is not good the matter of wilful manipulation of the environment where government knows very well the side effects is disgusting. Actionable? Yes. Against passive aggressive power? Forget it.
The former can be avoided in due course by using engineering except that needs money for development. That too is manipulated away.
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