2021 COP26 local weather convention organizers approve a brand new coal mine – what’s improper with it?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Britain, the host of the upcoming COP26 climate change conference, is being beaten up by climate activists for approving a new coking coal mine in Whitehaven’s politically sensitive national electorate. But environmentalists should celebrate – coking coal is an integral part of making silicon for solar panels.

Climate Change: Minister knocked for allowing Cumbria coal mine

By Roger Harrabin
BBC Energy and Environment Analyst

Government advisors on climate change raped the ministers for allowing a new coal mine in Cumbria.

They say the site will add to global emissions and put Britain’s legally binding carbon budgets at risk.

They warn that the decision could undermine the leadership of the important COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November.

The new deep coke mine was approved by Cumbria County Council and the government previously said it would not intervene.

Environmentalists have responded with amazement and disbelief, saying that carbon from burning coal is clearly a global problem.

Greenpeace’s John Sauven said: “It is extraordinary that someone still believes that burning coal is only a local problem and has no global impact.

“Let’s hope China doesn’t share the same view, or the world will clink glasses. It is certainly not global climate leadership that the Prime Minister is seeking. “

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55871503

I’m surprised that environmental groups are complaining so loudly about a new coking coal mine. How do you expect the UK to start making solar panels without producing coking coal?

Large quantities of coking coal, or metallurgical coal, are an essential chemical component in the manufacture of new solar panels. The coal is chemically combined with sand in a furnace, where it strips off the oxygen and converts sand (silicon dioxide) into pure silicon, the raw material for silicon solar modules. The coal combines chemically with the oxygen torn from the sand and removes the oxygen as carbon monoxide and CO2.

There is another process that starts with sand and aluminum metal instead of coal, but I suspect there is a reason this is not the predominant process.

If the Greens want the world to go solar, the world needs a lot of coking coal, such as the new mine in Cumbria will provide, for both the initial transition and ongoing maintenance.

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