Poland’s coal mining industry will not be eliminated. So said President Andrzej Duda on December 4.

“Don’t worry. As long as I am the president of Poland, I won’t allow for anyone to murder Polish mining,” Duda told miners in the southern town of Brzeszcze.

As reported by the Agence France-Presse (AFP), Poland is one of many nations heavily reliant on coal – a leading climate enemy targeted at the COP24 summit, which Poland is hosting. The talks aim to flesh out the promises made in the 2015 Paris climate accord.

Speaking in Brzeszcze, Duda pushed Poland’s own agenda regarding the summit which ends on December 14.

“We’re there, we’re its organisers, but we’re also there to speak the truth without taking into account political correctness, which is often driven by foreign interests and not Polish ones,” he told the miners celebrating their annual festival.

Poland’s economy “will continue to rely on coal. Of course, we’ll achieve an energy mix, we’ll implement our strategy, but coal remains and will remain in Poland,” Duda added.