The Canadian government on Friday announced its thermal coal mining policy, which will make it harder for new thermal coal mining and expansion projects to be approved. The government considers that any new thermal coal mining projects, or expansions of existing thermal coal mines in Canada, are likely to cause “unacceptable environmental effects” and this position will inform federal decision making on thermal coal mining. “New thermal coal mining projects or expansions are not in line with the ambition Canadians want to see on climate, or with Canada’s domestic and international climate commitments,” Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said.
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