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New Poland Government May Shed Support for Coal Mining

Coal News - Published on Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Energy Reporter reported that Poland’s re elected Prime Minister Mr Mateusz Morawiecki could be moving to weaken the Polands’s reliance on coal. Morawiecki’s opening speech to the new parliament did not mention coal. Also, he told RMF FM “Conventional energy will be important for our power system for a long time but realities are changing. Once we could not afford to develop renewable sources of energy but now we cannot afford not to develop them. In our national debate, the importance of climate change is growing very strongly.”

Mr Morawiecki has shut down Poland’s energy ministry, which was run by coal advocate Mr Krzysztof Tchórzewski. A new ministry which runs state-controlled industries is being established instead. The Warsaw government owns most of Poland’s coal industry and power utilities.

It has been estimated in a European Commission report that around four-fifths of Polish coal mines are unprofitable. The populist Law and Justice party PiS has maintained support for the coal sector and provides government subsidies to preserve the industry.

The new European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, wants the European Union to become climate neutral by 2050 but there is opposition from Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 26 Nov 2019
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