Use coal reserves while solving nuclear snags

From: David F Chambers, Sladeburn Drive, Northallerton.

I ENJOYED Paul Brown’s “Smoking chimneys” letter (Yorkshire Post, August 17) and while I’m sure my scientific knowledge is far less than his, I’d agree with his theory that oil-fired power stations tend to produce rainstorms, while coal-fired plants tend to cause periods of drizzle and light rain.

This was to be seen as only a tiny part of the picture – it used to rain long before we had power stations, but oil-fired power and the damaging rainstorms do seem to have arrived at much the same time.

We are probably up against vast forces beyond our control, but it may be sensible to abandon the ridiculous efforts at carbon capture and storage in favour of the capture and condensation of water vapour. Much cheaper, and as to CO2 it has been shown that, historically, high CO2 levels follow period of global warming, they do not cause them.

The united efforts of mankind worldwide would not modify or prevent a period of global warming. It’s my belief that if this fact were taken on board it could transform the present state of this country and restore some sanity to industry and the economy (at the cost of some very red faces).

If our vast native reserves of coal (and shale gas) are for some reason to be seen as sacrosanct, let us dip into them while we solve the problem of nuclear waste disposal and the further development of nuclear power.

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