“I say it’s a tragedy for the Welsh coal industry because demand for energy world wide is huge and we have the skills and resources in Wales to provide top quality coal.One of the few vivid memories I have of primary school is a lesson about natural resources, and a text book with painterly representations of the world's natural resources and how there was only a finite amount of coal, oil and gas.
“It’s alarming that an investment in a coal producing area has come to a halt with plenty of coal still underground.
“I cannot comment on the what has happened at Aberpergwm because I simply don’t know what the conditions are there. But what is needed is a business plan and the will to make a success of the industry in a traditional coal mining area."
This was the 80s, well before green energy became a mainstream topic. Now it seems that clean energy and climate change may well be rendering the existence of those resources a moot point but also leading to more people without a hope of finding a different job.