I WAS interested in Clark Cross’s letter on climate change and the effect on the economy (New, January 21). Did he miss the recent TV programme from China, where they are closing coal-fired power stations?
The reason behind this policy change is the enormous amount of CO2 pollution from coal which is killing many Chinese citizens.
The Chinese are replacing the reliance on coal and changing to wind turbines, having decided to erect 45,000 more in the next two years.
Their findings are completely different from the Germans’ as coal is becoming too expensive to import, and wind turbines will drive the economy.
K Pollard, Grange Loan, Edinburgh
Stop this blind rush to renewable energy
What irony: the legendary Los Angeles smog is being intensified by an infusion of atmospheric pollution all the way from China.
Even more ironically, a measure of that very donation arises from American manufacture outsourced to China for economic reasons. Twelve to 24 per cent of daily sulphate levels in western United States comes from Chinese exports.
It’s surely time to question the unrealistic carbon reduction targets set by the UK and particularly by Scotland, given the almost undetectable amounts produced. Whatever level of pollution hangs over our country must result from other sources, including European countries, such as Germany and Poland.
Our politicians seem clueless: I well remember at the very beginning of the “crisis” being urged by the government to switch off lights on leaving a room, while their own workplace was still floodlit, all night, every night.
Meanwhile, global emission levels are rising relentlessly, with equally relentlessly increasing public hardship caused by the expense of a blind rush towards renewable energy.
Given the news that the sun’s activity appears to have reached a freak low level, I think we should have a moratorium on further “green” measures. Let politicians in both governments give pause to debate all aspects of the situation, free of any party-based preference.
It’s some years now since Prime Minister Gordon Brown, pictured, announced that we had “only fifty days to save the planet”, since when all that has happened is repeated conferences producing no improvement.
Robert Dow, Ormiston Road, Tranent
Look forward from crumbling empire
I DO not understand why Chas Dennis (Letters, January 22) thinks the SNP are unconcerned about the sad situation of the Scots who have been drawn in to the web of poverty, which he should know was created by the so-called socialist New Labour party of Westminster.
The people of Scotland would be even worse off if they had to pay a council tax that was not frozen, prescription charges that had not been abolished, were forced to pay tuition fees for a further education or had to fork out for care for the elderly.
When Scotland gains its independence from the fat cat government in London, then we shall see more employment, and no nuclear weaponry to throw taxpayers’ money at when the majority do not agree with its place in their country.
The Scottish Government are not a cabinet of millionaires lining their own pockets to the detriment of the electorate outside the Watford Gap, but politicians who have a great concern for the citizens of this proud and ancient land.
Independence shall come, be assured, if not this year, very soon.
To deny this legacy for our children and our children’s children,would be the greatest folly of this generation.
Look forward good friend and cease living in the past glories of this now crumbling British Empire. Like many others, it is doomed.
George Dolbear Robertson, Magdalene Avenue, Edinburgh
People not to be used like commodities
DESPITE the massive potential wealth of the UK, around two million people are unemployed, causing great hardship, depression and loss of dignity.
If people are willing to work and the materials needed are available, what is the problem, and what can be done about it?
We live under a system of capitalism whose main concern is to make profit. If it cannot, in any industry or enterprise the owners of wealth will not invest, switching their money to where it can make a profit, irrespective of any damage or hardship caused in doing so.
This cannot be right. It only appeals to the greedy and selfish, and events of the last few years have shown just how much damage has been inflicted on people.
Investors have considerable power, supported by people in powerful positions of decision-making, protecting the existing set-up.
If switching of investment purely for profit is the creator of unemployment, this activity must be changed.
Initial steps could include a limit put in place on the rate of interest of an investment, coupled with a minimum term of investment to prevent money being pulled out, putting an industry and employees at rick.
This immoral position of holding the threat of unemployment over people purely for private gain is long overdue for changing.
People are not commodities to be used and discarded.
A Delahoy, Silverknowes Gardens, Edinburgh