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Visit Lanarkshite

Dangerous, horrific scars on the landscape – who would want to visit Lanarkshire? Far from bringing economic benefit to communities, open cast coal hurts local economies and brings further degradation to rural areas. One of the economic impacts of open cast in SouthLanarkshire is the reduction in tourism – who would want a quiet break or countryside walks in open cast country?

These are what South Lanarkshire’s open casts look like:

3 Responses to "Visit Lanarkshite"

  1. Concerned Local says:

    It’s an absolute disgrace! Most people have parks or woodland to take the kids on the weekend, not in South Lanarkshire! Fat cats like Scottish Coal don’t have to live with the legacy of open cast mining – they just take the money and run. It’s us who has to pay the price and have this monstrosity on our doorstep for the rest of our lives.

    1. COALcil says:

      Thank you for your comment. Interesting you should mention parks – Scottish Coal actually promised the community at Devonburn (near Broken Cross) a playpark, as well as tree screening from the motorway, as some sort of scant compensation for the deeply unpopular Northern Extension to the mine, which creeps closer to people’s homes every day. It seems these were hollow promises however, and now Colin Ortlepp (Scottish Coal Planning Director) denies all knowledge of the promise of a play park (despite the fact that they applied for planning for it, and had the application approved!) and claims that the Roads Department won’t let them plant tree screening – when the Roads Department says its never been approached by Scottish Coal!

    2. debris says:

      Scientist: Leave coal in the ground
      By Isaac Davison 5:30 AM Friday May 13, 2011 Share

      Expand James Hansen says pretending to be green while looking to mine lignite ‘is as bad as it gets’. Photo / Sarah IveyThe “father of climate change” has a stark message for those proposing to mine fossil fuels in New Zealand: “Leave the coal in the ground.”

      James Hansen, the first scientist to bring global warming to the world’s attention in testimony to the United States Congress, is in the country for a series of public talks.

      After deciding that an individual scientist could not compete with the influence of fossil fuel companies, Dr Hansen has turned to activism. Much of his criticism focuses on the hypocrisy of governments – which talk green but have few green policies – and the dangers of coal-burning.

      Dr Hansen said these problems were relevant to New Zealand.

      “This is a beautiful country, but there are some inconsistencies. Pretending to be green, having this pure image, while looking to mine lignite … is as bad as it gets.”

      Dr Hansen has just co-written a paper which says emissions reductions of 6 to 7 per cent are needed each year to avoid harmful imbalances in the atmosphere.

      If companies continued to dig for every last bit of coal, oil, and gas, this goal was impossible, he said.

      “As long as fossil fuels are the cheapest energy, we will continue to burn them. That is as certain as the law of gravity.

      “The reason that they are the cheapest is because they are not made to pay for their cost to society – around one million deaths a year from air and water pollution, mostly from fossil fuels.”

      He proposes a “simple, honest, across-the-board” carbon tax, in which the revenue returns to the public as a dividend.

      He said cap-and-trade schemes overseas had been engineered to favour big business.

      Here, a Consumer NZ study has found that taxpayers, not big polluters, will bear the brunt of the Emissions Trading Scheme.

      “The money collected should be distributed on a per capita basis, because then the person who does better than average in limiting their fossil fuels will actually make money.”

      Dr Hansen said that if the tax was increased sharply, dependence on fossil fuels would become unsustainable, and cleaner energies would push into the market.

      “The prescription is simple. It is what we need to do if we are to solve the climate problem.”

      During his visit the Nasa director will attend a symposium on coal in Wellington, and also visit the site of proposed lignite developments in Southland.

      While he has been criticised as an alarmist, Dr Hansen says the matter of cutting emissions is one of great urgency. If no progress is made in the next decade, he believes that governments will have to introduce highly expensive geo-engineering.


      * Age: 70.

      * Director of Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

      * Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

      * First scientist to publicly draw attention to global warming.

      * Developed pioneering models of Earth’s climate in 1980s.

      * Arrested twice for anti-mining protests.

      * Strongly against coal but pro-nuclear for India and China.


      “Coal is the single greatest threat to civilisation and all life on our planet.”

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