Letters: Trump’s stance is a mighty blow to renewables cause

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Whether you love Donald Trump or hate him you must at least admire him for his stance against wind turbines.

His staff will help Communities Against Turbines Scotland with marketing and PR.

At last the propaganda stakes will be evened up.

The usual suspects are getting worried.

Niall Stuart, chief executive, of Scottish Renewables has rushed to condemn Trump.

Scottish Renewables is the propaganda machine for the subsidy-driven renewables industry and WWF and Friends of the Earth are multi-million businesses whose directors are well paid.

All are desperate to rubbish Trump and perpetuate the myth of global warming and that wind turbines will save the planet. WWF and Friends of the Earth received 12 million euros from the EU for “climate matters”.

Whitehall officials have just reported that electricity prices today are 15 per cent more expensive because of green policies and it will only get worse.

The other “inconvenient truth” is that other research showed that wind turbines actually increase fossil fuel consumption and CO2.

The UK’s CO2 reduction targets are meaningless in global terms.

The UK should now stop wasting money on renewables subsidies and instead tackle the economy, unemployment and fuel poverty.

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Scots can learn from Tiger tale

WHILE attention is understandably focused on Greece, the euro crisis remains just as disastrous in our near neighbour Ireland.

They had to sell off three billion euros of state assets as unemployment hit 14 per cent.

For too often in the last ten years, we were told that Scotland should join the eurozone and be like the Celtic Tiger of Ireland – now we are being told we too should be in a fiscal union but break out of the political union.

Utter nonsense, but the lack of coverage of Ireland allows this nonsense to go unchecked.

Dave Cochrane, Spottiswoode Street, Edinburgh

SNP has so much to answer for

SO many questions the SNP still has to answer. How would the Scottish people afford to go it alone as a separate sovereign state from the United Kingdom?

Currency; would we have a separate one from the UK, maybe the Bawbee?

What would we have to pay to the UK government in damages, if and when we break our national ties? No way could we walk away and call it quits, it would cost us dearly.

Would foreign businesses walk away and set up shop elsewhere? Probably not, if we become an underdeveloped Third World country, offering cheap slave labour.

Oil is a finite resource and has been on tap since the 70s so can’t be a lot left, unless we find more and exploration is expensive.

All gone and the skills involved with them are mining, car manufacturing, ship building, electronics, heavy engineering, steel, brewing and bottling, fisheries, biscuit and confectionery manufacturers. Much of this is supplied by emerging countries such as China, South Korea, Pakistan and India.

What do we have left? Failed banks and building societies filling their pockets, service industries, restaurants, fast food outlets and shelf stacking skills. No trades that produce apprentices for our future.

Does Alex Salmond really want total independence? Or is he playing a very dangerous game of poker hoping to get as near to autonomy as possible, thus taking away as much power as possible from Westminster and transferring it to Scotland?

Frank Ferri, Newhaven Main Street, Edinburgh

Something rotten at coalition heart

EVERY Westminster government loses the occasional cabinet member or adviser to natural causes, or for private reasons, but can anyone remember a Prime Minister losing as many for simple wrong-doing, in so short a time in power, as David Cameron?

Surely there must be something rotten at the heart of this stumbling coalition?

David Fiddimore, Nether Craigwell, Calton Road, Edinburgh