May 25: Energy made costly in ‘doing right thing’

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From: David H Rhodes, Keble Park North, Bishopthorpe, York.

FERRYBRIDGE Power Station is to close early due to the carbon price floor taxation which is nearly five times that applicable in Europe (The Yorkshire Post, May 21).

In our rush to do the ‘right thing’ re carbon emissions, we are making our energy supplies vulnerable and costly. Germany, however, is in the process of building 10 new coal-fired power stations with what restrictions?

Surely common sense should make this Government keep our coal-fired stations operational until our energy requirements are adequately covered by new nuclear power stations and sea turbine production? Come on David Cameron, practicalities first, pleasantries later.

From: Derek Hollingsworth, Darton, Barnsley.

FURTHER to your news, comment and opinion items on the Ferrybridge closure (The Yorkshire Post, May 21), some other factors need to be considered.

First, the National Grid Feed in Tariff. This seems to increase exponentially the further a power station is from London! I suspect Ferrybridge has to pay £10m per year. Longannet, on the Firth of Forth pays £40m a year. A station near London would pay next to nothing. London-centric to a ridiculous degree?

Second, on behalf of our government, National Grid has a two-part policy to secure electricity supply when the closure of the coal and gas-fired power stations has been achieved; it’s either extremely cold or hot, and the wind isn’t blowing, or isn’t blowing at the right speed.

The first scheme is to use diesel generators, for which standby contracts have been negotiated all over the country. Could it be pollution from these will exceed that from the closed coal and gas stations? And, will they be subject to the carbon floor tax and the feed in tariff?

The second scheme, which may already be happening, is to import power from Europe. The supply lines already exist to France and I suspect other countries, and more lines are being constructed. Surely some of this imported electricity will be generated by continental coal and gas-powered stations not subject to iniquitous carbon floor tax imposed on our generators? These two schemes do not constitute a level playing field. In fact, the word hypocrisy best describes them.

Get offenders to muck in

From: Bryan Capstick, Hellifield, Skipton.

I HAVE recently noticed a lot of space The Yorkshire Post has been given to the subject of litter.

The answer (as is often the case) is simple. What are these community offenders doing? Who delegates who does what? Give them a bag and gloves and tell them to pick up litter and dog muck. The same treatment to their representatives (who knowing full well their clients are guilty still try to get them off).

If HSE start shouting, ask them where were they when the pavements were two or three inches thick with ice and snow a couple of winters ago?

From: Stephen J Wood, Town Street, Chapel Allerton, Leeds.

WHAT happened to Mrs Thatcher’s litter tsar Richard Branson (Tom Richmond, The Yorkshire Post, May 21)?

Drinkers let off the hook

From: Coun Tim Mickleburgh (Lab), Boulevard Avenue, Grimsby.

EVEN those of us who haven’t signed the pledge accept that alcohol is a dangerous drug. Indeed that’s why a recent report has expressed concern about the numbers of professional women who turn to drink, while others have called for the limit allowed for drivers to be drastically reduced (The Yorkshire Post, May 20).

Yet, at times, it seems we don’t take alcohol abuse seriously. Take for instance the England pace bowler Stuart Broad, who reportedly missed an official function through suffering from a hangover. No action has ben taken against the player, not that I’m necessarily arguing it should be as Broad’s incapacitation didn’t affect his performance on the field.

However, a Hull footballer faces a lengthy ban from the game through taking cocaine allegedly. Now if he’d been abusing a performance enhancing drug, that’d be a different matter. Cocaine though is simply a recreational drug, taken by some people as others drink alcohol.

So why should the player in question get penalised, when drinkers get away with it?

We need more church clergy

From: David Treacher, Nelson Road, Hull.

IT’S sad that there is a shortage of church clergy. There are many parishes with only one vicar to see to them. It’s no good to the congregation, they will only have a service as and when, or if, travel from one parish to another is possible.

In many cases, the clergy are expected to conduct services on Sundays and may not be able to service all parishes.

And, with a shortage of public transport in many rural areas and of course an even more reduced service on Sundays, this is problematic for people who are living in small villages who need to get to a different village 
church to worship, many of them elderly.