Registered On: December 24, 2013
It’s entirely up to you, NI, obviously.
I’m all for Greenpeace protecting the planet but stopping this mine will make things worse, not better. What Greenpeace doesn’t appear to understand is that coking coal is used to make iron, not steel, and we’re years away from this changing. They really should get their facts straight before coming out with what is very misleading information.
Over and above that you only have to look at what’s happening in China to see that regardless of the propaganda they will continue to build coal-fired power stations for years to come. They’ll also continue to use coking coal for years to come.
No doubt I’ll be accused of ‘gaslighting’ — ironic given the topic — but no matter what Greenpeace says, preventing this mine from going ahead will have direct consequences on Scunthorpe steel and jobs while doing so little to stop climate change that it can be totally ignored. Another irony, of course, is that Scunthorpe steel is now in Chinese hands anyway, but anything that allows British Steel to compete on global markets has to be good news for the town.
Regarding the 1980s strikes I never liked Thatcher and had a great deal of sympathy for the miners. The problem was the unions, not the workers. Unions are very important to ensure workers’ rights but they have to understand that if there’s no market there’ll be no jobs.
What I don’t think a lot of people understand or appreciate is that while we need to move to better ways of powering our industries it will be a long time before we can do this. In the meantime the current drive to low carbon energy does not need to happen as quickly as the environmentalists claim — just look carefully at the data and you can see this.
This is another reason why Greenpeace’s argument is so hollow. Yes, we need to move from fossil fuels but can do so over a much greater length of time — all that’s going to happen with our current drive to low carbon energy will be massive increases in costs, which will hit the poorest most, while having virtually no impact on the climate whatever.