Hucknall MP calls for coal to burn again

THE UK coal industry should be revived to help prevent a British energy crisis, Hucknall’s Conservative MP has argued.

Mark Spencer secured a debate in Westminster Hall on the issue and is pushing for British coal to be used in new green technology to solve the country’s power problems.

“The arguments for clean coal are compelling, both for the environment and the economy, but most excitingly for Sherwood,” he said.

“Rekindling the coal industry in the UK using clean coal technology would have major benefits for our area whether directly from employment or indirectly through cheaper electricity.”

He used a 90-minute slot to raise the issue of how the fuel can play a part in green-energy developments to stave off predicted power shortfalls.

Energy minister Charles Hendry said: “Coal can play an important role in our electricity-generating mix in the future, but only if its carbon-dioxide emissions can be reduced significantly.”