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Cumbria coal mine: empty promises of carbon capture tech have excused digging up more fossil fuel for decades

By Marc Hudson, Research Fellow in Industrial Decarbonisation Policy, University of Sussex
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The idea that a technology called carbon capture and storage (CCS) could catch molecules of CO₂ as they emerge from the chimneys of power stations and factories has been around for more than two decades. Michael Gove, the secretary of state responsible for “levelling up” the UK’s regions, recently justified his approval of the UK’s first new coal mine in 30 years with “increased use of CCS”. There’s only one problem:…The Conversation


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