A more positive vision
It’s easy to dismiss those who disagree with you with fatuous labels such as “Nimbys” or “the no-no brigade” (‘We must tackle energy issues’, South Wales Evening Post, Letters, 15 October). Far better to engage with your opponents to find a solution that suits all.
Vic Collier is quite right in that we need to tackle the question of how to provide our future energy needs, but we need to do so in a way that protects future generations rather than adding to their woes.
The solutions proposed by former Energy Secretary Owen Patterson amount to nothing more than continuing along the road that has brought us to the sorry state in which we find ourselves; rising carbon emissions, accelerating climate change, and increasing levels of highly toxic waste that will plague our descendants for centuries.
Far from objecting “to any and all projects”, those who oppose fracking and nuclear power share a positive vision of the future with many of our political and business leaders.
A vision of a carbon neutral Wales, powered by renewable energy, tapping in to the tide, sun, wind, knowledge, talent, academic excellence and business expertise that Wales has in abundance.
I would urge Vic Collier and others of his ilk to develop and encourage an attitude of how that can be achieved rather than why it must not be done.
Footnote: The “vision” in the penultimate paragraph above is an extract from a recent e-mail from my friend Donal Whelan. The full quote is: