Rethink green policies in light of looming energy crisis

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From: John Walsh, Crinan Court, Altofts, Normanton.

HAS the time come for the Government to review its green policy, the escalating cost of which is now having an unbearable impact on energy consumers?

This is particularly in view of the fact that the primary reason for the introduction of green taxes was to reduce the amount of CO2 being released into the atmosphere is patently not happening.

In the last five years, world coal consumption has increased from 6.8 billion tonnes in 2006 to 8.2 billion tonnes in 2011 and is still rising.

The UK is responsible for less than three per cent of carbon emissions. World consumption of fossil fuels continues to rise and as a consequence the release of CO2 into the atmosphere is increasing, totally nullifying the meagre amount of CO2 reductions the Government’s actions have achieved so far.

In spite of this, global temperatures have remained at the same level since 1998.

There is a large body of engineering expertise warning of an energy crisis in the near future unless the Government acts now to encourage more capacity.

Commissioning large swathes of wind and solar power does nothing to improve our security of supply – they only work when the wind is blowing at the correct speed or when the sun is shining.

We are sat on billions of tonnes of coal and billions of cubic metres of gas, the extraction of which is opposed by the same people who wish to impose this horrendous financial burden on us all and, as referred to above, will not make one iota of difference in terms of climate change.

From: Patrick Hilley, Keighley.

I HAVE just read the comments by Sir John Major, the former Tory prime minister, concerning the energy companies and their excessive profits in Britain today (Yorkshire Post, October 24).

What shocked me most of 
all is that this prodigy of the very right-wing prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who then went on to become her chosen successor, now actually appears to be to the left of the Liberal Democrats.

Is this not more a comment of just how far to the right the Liberal Democrat Party has now lurched and not one on the mellowing and humanising of a Thatcher favourite?

Perhaps this should act as a wake-up call to any of those whom floated towards the Liberal Democrat Party in the hope that they would minimise the worst excesses of the big business supporting Tories.

From: David W. Wright, Uppleby, Easingwold.

AT long last we have a decisive decision from the Government to build a new nuclear power station, even though it is to be funded by France and China, which says a lot for Great Britain!

Perhaps we should have stopped the proposed HS2 scheme and thereby avoided begging from China and France, and also provide some investment to improve our already overcrowded and crumbling roads – particularly here in North Yorkshire where the B and minor roads are a disgrace.

From: Gordon Bray, Grange Road, Golcar, Huddersfield.

I SEE from the news that, after successive governments have buried their heads in the sand for decades, they have finally decided to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

I applaud this decision but why, oh why do we have to rely on a French company for the design and build? Have we allowed our unrivalled expertise of this technology to stagnate to such an extent over the years to the point that we are no longer capable of doing this in house? Many years ago we were world leaders in nuclear energy but not any more it seems.

I understand that the finance for this project, estimated at £15bn, is going to come from China and that an astronomical price will have to be paid by the consumer so that these two countries can take their profits home. Can I suggest that we scrap the high speed rail link and finance three, or maybe four, new power stations from the savings so that we can keep the profits in our own country?

From: Tim Mickleburgh, Boulevard Avenue, Grimsby.

ENERGY companies are up in arms about Ed Miliband’s proposals to freeze energy prices. They ought to be careful, as Labour could easily suggest a programme of renationalisation. After all, we took over private firms years ago for the public’s benefit when we weren’t so rich a nation.