Can Cats help with up to date reports on the new coal mine in Germany? this is an old Guardian report and of course I would like better sources.
Controversial plans to chop down a German forest to build a vast coal mine should proceed because Germany needs the polluting fuel to keep the lights on, according to the chief of the country’s state secretary for energy.
The situation is schizophrenic because there is a working group planning the exit from coal that is a longstanding commitment. With Merkel fading away perhaps saner voices might be heard more loudly, like the secretary for energy.
It seems that the Germans have stopped mining hard coal but they still depend on brown coal to keep the lights on. The situation will be really critical when the last nuclear plants are gone in 2022. A bit like Australia with Liddell.
Of course Snowy 2.o is supposed to replace Liddell in a decade or two. As you would expect, the political imperative to get Snowy 2.0 on the road has overwhelmed any concerns about the difficulties that will arise when the tunnels drill through wetlands and rock formations that have not been adequately assessed.