From: Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen, Reader Emeritus, Department of Geography, Hull University.
I WRITE in response to the claim that shale gas is not an option for the UK because the “UK would exceed its allowed emissions” (Yorkshire Post, December 12).
This is legally not quite correct and may even be foolish advice. As long as we are a sovereign state, the UK can withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, as several countries have already done, including Japan and Canada. If we renegotiate our relationship with Brussels, we are not even bound by EU legislation.
The Germans dropped nuclear power without consulting anybody.
Parliament makes laws and Parliament can change them. The choice might well be between de-industrialisation and green “happiness” for the few. Shale gas would bring cheaper energy and more jobs to us all, eventually. There is a great deal of unconventional oil and gas underground and the climate scare seems to be weakening.
Self-interested parties, like the Tyndall Centre are not likely to support their own decline. We do not know what the future climate will be like. It might even be cheaper to adapt to real change than to computer model prediction based on disputed science and technologies. Some say a new ice age is due soon.
From: Dave Haskell, Newchapel Road, Boncath, Pembrokeshire.
HANDS up all those good folk who realise that modern gas-fired power stations emit approximately half the carbon dioxide as coal-fired power stations, that nuclear power stations are extremely expensive, environmentally damaging on a significant scale and potentially very dangerous – I won’t quote the Japanese nuclear disaster as that is just too easy.
Therefore it begs the question as to why Government is actively pursuing the double folly of both ineffective wind and nuclear technology – all at the consumers’ great expense – when the UK is literally sitting on one of the biggest shale gas fields in the world.
From: Arthur Quarmby, Underhill, Holme.
THE 2011 Census sets out immigration into Britain up to 2001 – ie since the Second World War – as 4.6 million. In the 10 years from 2001, a further 3.8 million have arrived – the rate is accelerating out of control and already the white British-born are in a minority in London.
Who first decided that mass immigration was good for the country, and how did this policy come to be implemented? Uncontrolled immigration is already having a huge impact on unemployment, on benefits and on this Government’s decision to sacrifice green Britain and resume urban sprawl across the countryside.
Do our political masters have any limit in mind? Are we doomed to become strangers in our own land? Why do our politicians give the impression that they have more sympathy for the immigrants than for the natives? Could there ever be an honest cost-benefit assessment of immigration?
From: Rex Poulton, Swayne Road, Wilton, Salisbury, Wiltshire.
The 2011 Census shows that immigration to Britain has reached three million over the last 10 years. One in eight in Britain was born overseas. London our capital, has been a non-white majority city for several years now while Christianity has fallen by four million.
What is so outrageous is that our own Government has invited and encouraged this situation by consistently allowing unfettered immigration, free benefits that are denied to our pensioners and by continually whinging that their hands are tied.
To make matters worse, David Cameron has admitted that multi-culturalism doesn’t work.
If Ministers complied with extant British Law, immigration would be reversed, the EU would be a trading partner not our dictatorial master and our hard-earned cash would not be haemorrhaging into the EU bottomless pit. We want our country back.
From: Jack Kinsman, Stainton Drive, Grimsby.
ISN’T it high time we called our Ministers to legally account for their hypocrisy, double standards, foreign allegiance and their outright treason toward their own people?
From: David Quarrie, Lynden Way, Holgate, York.
THE 2011 Census results have confirmed most of the concerns over huge unrestricted immigration.
We are a very small island that now has the biggest density of population and overcrowding in Europe, and is the world’s fourth most congested country.
Apart from things like culture, heritage, fashion, religion, hygiene, food, traditions and tolerance, major items such as crime, housing, education, transport, health, hospitals, prisons, schools, sanitation, language, social benefits and unemployment are all made far worse by massive unrestricted immigration as seen almost everywhere in Britain.
Trans Pennine link needed
From: Matthew Shaw, Golcar, Huddersfield.
ON a good day, the M62 barely copes with the sheer volume of trans-Pennine traffic. The never-ending “improvement” roadworks and winter conditions which often close the Woodhead and Snake passes has resulted in a huge infrastructure dilemma for the entire region.
Minor accidents quickly cause major hold ups, serious ones often mean delays for many hours. The cost to the economy through cancelled appointments, missed deadlines and delivery schedules can never be calculated.
It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that the North of England requires a second trans-Pennine motorway linking the conurbations of South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. The absence of this vital transport link demonstrates 40 years of failed transport policy.
The stark fact is that we live in a society wholly reliant on the effective transit of people and goods.