However this won’t clear up a much bigger downside. A sudden retreat from coal, many in Poland worry, will push the nation into the place of Germany, which is closely depending on imports of pure gasoline from Russia.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland mentioned this month that the federal government wouldn’t permit the Bogatynia mine to shut as a result of “this might put Poland’s power safety in danger.”
Of extra speedy concern, nevertheless, are the home political dangers of shifting away shortly from coal.
On a go to to Bogatynia earlier than Poland’s election for president final yr, the incumbent, Andrzej Duda, mentioned that coal miners offered a “nice service” to Poland and that they might not be deserted. The city’s voters backed him within the election, serving to him to victory.
Andrzej Grzegorowski, a commerce union chief on the energy plant subsequent to the Turow mine, mentioned he voted for Mr. Duda as a result of “he ignited nice hopes for the way forward for coal.” Whether or not he votes for Mr. Duda’s governing Regulation and Justice get together once more, nevertheless, will rely upon whether or not it retains the mine open, he added.
Scared of antagonizing miners, a shrinking however well-organized and vociferous constituency, Polish politicians have lengthy struggled to steadiness calls for for inexperienced power emanating from Brussels with voters’ calls for for jobs.
“Everybody in my household has at all times been linked to the mine right here,” mentioned Bogumił Tyszkiewicz, a union chief on the Turow mine. His two brothers, two brothers-in-law and his sister all have jobs with Polish Power Group, or PGE, a state-owned firm that operates the mine and the adjoining energy plant. Solely his son, who discovered work with a inexperienced power firm in one other city, doesn’t rely upon the mine for his livelihood.