DONALD Wroe suggests we need a new coal mine for steel production (Letters, October 17, 'Coal’s a must'). He will be interested to learn that last year the UK produced all the coal needed to produce steel: 2.8 million tonnes.

Creating a new mine to dig up an additional 2.5 million tons of coal a year can only mean one thing: we are going to burn it. That is a very bad idea and Tim Farron is right in opposing it.

We may need a new mine for steel production when other mines run out in 50 years. Let's wait until that happens. There may be a renewable way to make steel by that time.

Henk Muller