A new coalmine in Cumbria has been given the green light by the government in the same week that the Treasury launched a review into how the UK can end its contribution to global heating.
The developer, West Cumbria Mining, said the £165m mine would create 500 jobs.
The Cumbrian MP Tim Farron called the decision “a kick in the teeth in the fight to tackle climate change”.
Farron had asked the government to “call in” the decision after it received unanimous planning approval by Cumbria county council in March.
But his application has been rejected, with the local Conservative MP Trudy Harrison saying “sense has prevailed”.
Farron, the Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, expressed his dismay, saying the government should “invest fully in zero-carbon energy” instead.
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