Coal mining wouldn't employ that many people.
Should we re open the pits ?
it would probably employ as many as bike shops do I reckon.
Dont know about the pits, but a typical opencast site moving 200,000m3 muck a week running 24hours might employ about 200 people directly. There is a lot of indirect jobs reliant to some degree on the sector though.
Suppliers, consultants, haulage firms, on site contractors, customers,Councils, SEPA/EPA, and other government bodies have employees dependant on coal production to some degree
This does not take into account other businesses and services eg shops, mechanics, barbers, schools and libraries, all of which suffer when an area loses an industry that may directly employ 2 or 3 thousand people. The knock on effects can be quite dramatic. Personal experience of Ayreshire for example, towns already struggling have had the final nail drilled into the coffin this year.
Coal could have benefited from some of the tax breaks and assistance from government at both UK and Scottish level provided to other sectors.
I am not complaining about wind farms though as they are now partly responsible for my current employment.
coal was, and still is the most viable fuel option for the uk.
so good infact, all the fashionista's on here are having fancy stoves fitted to burn fossil, cos when all the tree's are gone............old king coal will be waiting and smiling for you.
Coal seems unfashionable, however over 42% of the Worlds electricity is produced using it. This is likely to be the case long after North Sea oil reserves have run dry. The UK is in the unique position of having a long history in the industry and a skills/knowledge base as well as a will to see the World reduce CO2 emissions long term.
We could be at the forefront of developing new technologies, however test on CC&S, biomass and coal gassification would be helped with consistency of supply from indigenous sources.
Regardless of what energy source that the UK decides to use, there will always be somebody that complains about it.
But then they still want electricity and heating
"it would probably employ as many as bike shops do I reckon."
The government should open bike shops then.
There is a lot of indirect jobs reliant to some degree on the sector though.
Soap suppliers must do well
Some interesting numbers here for those that like'em,
Not sure how reliable, our reserves are dwarfed by USA / Russia/ China and just about every other country, but then our use is only a fraction of what we do have. Presumably though some coal is cheaper to produce than others which is why we import.
Also found this so it's not just all oop north yer know.
How on earth did the South Midlands achieve such an accurate figure?!
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