29 Feb '16, 12pm

From pit mines to power plants Wales must lead UK out of #coal ! @foecymrucydd The Ecologist

From pit mines to power plants Wales must lead UK out of #coal ! @foecymrucydd The Ecologist

Not only does Aberthaw drive the gruesome, polluting, community-destroying opencast industry. Its environmental and health externalities are in the region of £1 billion a year. The power station is Europe's third-largest point source of nitrogen oxides. Climate campaigners have sensed a turning point in the fortunes of coal. A rash of coal-fired power station closures have been announced on the back of tumbling electricity prices. Coal executives are haunted by a global glut of coal, collapsing prices (and profits) and multiple bankruptcies of coal companies. And to top it all, that announcement : cessation of unabated coal generation by 2025. So why are our communities still facing the looming threat of opencast applications? After all, the experience in Wales has been particularly bitter. The massive Ffos-y-Fran opencast site is just yards from the nearest dwelling. Sela...

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