Wrong to risk coal supplies when Putin threatens West

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From: Richard Godley, Meadowfields, Whitby, North Yorkshire.

YOU report on the “stay of execution” for Kellingley colliery (The Yorkshire Post, April 11). A few pages on, there is an article headed “Putin warns Europe over gas supplies”.

My thoughts on these two seemingly disparate articles are these, A great deal of our coal and gas is imported from Mother Russia, some say as much as 40 per cent. If the sabre-rattling over the Ukraine was to turn a little nasty, shall we say, what is there stopping Mr Putin from turning off the gas tap and halting the coal imports?

We need to protect our own coal supplies until at least we are self sustaining in electricity through nuclear and cheap gas supplies through fracking.

To allow anything else is tantamount to treason.

From: Dai Woosnam, Woodrow Park, Scartho, Grimsby.

WITH events in Ukraine having the possibility of starting World War Three, now is the time for statesmen with vision.

We can solve the crisis immediately by inviting Russia to join both Nato and the EU. Yes, I know that most of its land mass is in Asia, but so is Turkey’s. Indeed, only three per cent of Turkey is in Europe but that has not stopped Turkey from getting ready to join the EU.

Then press for a federal Europe. Do away with national borders and suddenly Russia’s massive gas and oil reserves are ours too. Easy-peasy, eh?

From: Howard Perry, St James Place, Dringhouses, York.

WITH regard to the forthcoming closure of the Kellingley and Thoresby pits, I think I have never seen such tactics used by a Government before.

The Energy Minister has said to the miners that if they do not sign up to the closure of their pits they will close next week instead of in 18 months’ time.

What a decision. Be damned now or damned later. An abuse of power that can only be called blatant political blackmail.

The miners have been brave and courageous people and deserve better than this Government and previous Conservative governments.

Basically they seem to be saying to the miners, accept the dirt that we are offering you, rather than digging the coal and the dirt that we need to keep the lights on. There are millions of tons of coal still below our feet.

Let’s hope the electorate remember this when MPs from mining areas (including the silent Nick Clegg, on this matter) are next up for election in 2015.