In Ñspel: The Observer view on the indefensible decision to open a deep coalmine in a climate crisis

The former colliery site in Westhaven is to be reopened with the first deep coalmine approved in the UK for 30 years. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Ɖ formr cołrisait in Wsthêvn z t b riopnd wɖ ɖ frst dīp colmain apruvd in ɖ YC fr 30 yirz. Foṭgraf: Crisṭfr Frloñ/Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ Obzrvr vy on ɖ indifnsbl dsiźn t opn a dīp colmain in a clîṃtcrîsis

(Transcription of an Observer editorial of 11 Dec. 2022)

Ɖ guvnmnt sz ɖ nīdz v YC stīl-mcñ oṿrîd ɖ invîrnmntl impact. Ɖ inḍstri ʈncs difṛntli

Súnde 11 Dsmbr 2022

Ɖ  dsiźn t apruv a ny £165m colmain in Cumbria rvilz an unpleznt truʈ abt ɖ guvnmnt. It demnstrets, wɖ brūtl claṛti, ɖt Nu 10 hz no creḍbl grīn ajnda n dz nt unḍstand or cer abt ɖ clịmatic peṛl ǎr wrld z fesñ.

Ministrz r clirli foc̣st onli on śort-trm, tacticl gen – in ɖs ces, t gv a brīf būst t locl implômnt – at ɖ xpns v formñ a straṭji fr rīćñ net-ziro carbn imiśnz bî 2050 n mntenñ wrldlīdrśp in ɖ batl t limit ɖ impact v grīnhǎs-gas imiśnz on ǎr clîṃt.

Lord Dībn, ćer v ɖ Clîṃtćenj Cmiti, ɖ guvnmnt’s indipndnt advîzr, hz dscrîbd ɖ dsiźn t apruv ɖ cołri – t b bilt bî Wst Cumbria Mainñ – az “abṣlutli indifnsbl”. Ɖ formr Cnsrṿtiv ministr z qt c’rect in ɖs anaḷsis, ẃć, in lîn wɖ uɖr xprts, flatli contṛdicts ɖ leṿlñ-up secṛtri Mîcl Gov’z arğmnts fr apruvñ ɖ main at Wŭdhǎs nir Ẃîthêvn.

Ɖ guvnmnt clemz ɖt ɖ Wŭdhǎs cołri, ɖ frst dīp colmain t b apruvd fr 30 yirz, wl pṛdys cǒcñcol ɖt z despṛtli nīdd fr stīl-mcñ in Britn n z ɖrfr vîtl fr YC inḍstri az a hol. Ɖs z untru. Fr wn ʈñ, Britiś stīl-mcrz wl b līġli rqîrd – az part v ǎr clîṃt obḷgeśnz – t muv t lo-carbn pṛdux́n in ɖ nxt 13 yirz. Ẃn ɖt hapnz it wl no longr b ebl t yz cǒcñcol. Ǎtpt fṛm Wŭdhǎs cołri ɖrfr hz no loñ-trm fyćr in Britn.

In eni ces, ɖ col ɖt wl b dug p at ɖ main wl hv a hî sulfrcontent. Mni YC stīl-mcrz hv indcetd ɖt ɖs mcs it un’xptbl fṛm ɖ start; tū cumṗniz hv olrdi rjctd eni prospect v evr brnñ Wŭdhǎs col. Ɖus its śort-trm ys in ɖ YC olso lcs liṃtd, wɖ onli wn v ɖ cuṛnt for blastfrṇsz xpctd t xplôt its col. Az a rzult, inḍstrifigrz n eṇji xprts pridict ɖt arnd 90% v Wŭdhǎs’z col wl b xportd – t a wrld ɖt olrdi hz a glut v fosilfylz. Stīl-mcñ in Yṛp z olso ćenjñ n wl rlî on hîdṛjn, nt col, in ɖ nir fyćr – līvñ Britn t sīc marcits fr its Cumbrịn col in plesz ẃr invîrnmntl cnstrents r liṃtd. In ɖ proses, w wl hv bcm a s’playr v drti fyl t ɖ planit.

Apruvl v ɖ cołri sirịsli tarṇśz ɖ YC’z repyteśn az a globl līdr on clîṃt ax́n n opnz s p t wel-jusṭfaid ćarjz v hipocṛsi. Telñ uɖr cuntriz t dić col ẃl crietñ ny mainz wl sirịsli unḍmain Britiś ngośietrz’ ćansz v inflụnsñ clîṃtsumits. India n uɖr dveḷpñ neśnz wl srtnli nt b hapi t b tld t avôd yzñ fosilfylz bî a cuntri ɖt z xplôtñ ny sorsz v ɖ most p’lūtñ v ol hîdrocarbnz.

It z a grim, unseṭlñ, śemfl sićueśn ɖt wz sumd p bî Pṛfesr Pōl Īcinz, v ɖ Insttyt fr Ssteṇbl Rzorsz at Yṇvrṣticolij Lundn, last wīc: “Ax́nz spīc lǎdr ɖn wrdz, n apruvl v ɖs colmain, instd v sīcñ invstmnt in rnywbl eṇji on ɖ sem sait, cnfrmz ɖt ɖ guvnmnt’s proṭsteśnz in fevr v a grīn icoṇmi r a śam.”

Sayntists esṭmet ɖt ɖ cołri wl līd t ɖ rlis v 250m tunz v carbndîoxîd ovr ɖ nxt 30 yirz. Wst Cumbria Mainñ sz it wl criet arnd 500 jobz. In an oṿhītñ wrld, ẃć wl bcm incrisñli intolṛnt v fosilfylz, ɖz jobz r gwñ t b śort livd.

Instroduction to Ñspel

"House by the Railroad," Edward Hopper, 1925

12/12/2022

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