Facts and Mathematics
(Letter to the South Wales Evening Post)
It is Dave Lees (‘Energy policy is just lunacy’, Letters, 10 November) who stands “in total disregard of the facts and the mathematics” – the facts of climate change and the mathematics of energy subsidies.
As the latest IPCC report has made clear, we need to be drastically reducing carbon emissions as a matter of urgency rather than burning more fossil fuels.
Whilst gas may be “a relatively low pollutant” when compared to coal, it is still a pollutant that emits greenhouse gases.
Producing natural gas using fracking carries a significant risk of methane leakage to atmosphere, which can only add to the problem.
Energy companies have enjoyed many a Christmas at the expense of British taxpayers. All forms of energy production in the UK are subsidised from the public purse, with nuclear being the most heavily subsidised of all. Yet the power companies continue to make massive profits and pay their executives obscene salaries and bonuses.
David Cameron promised us “the greenest government ever”, but from the moment they came to power the Coalition government began cutting subsidies to renewable forms of energy and offering even more incentives to the nuclear and fracking industries – the very opposite of what we ought to be doing if we are to play an active part in dealing with climate change.
Whilst I would prefer that we were building a wind farm or solar array on the Felindre site, using the gas fired power station in order to back up renewable energy production is at least a step in the right direction.
Edited version published in the Evening Post on 14 November: ‘Plan is a step in right direction‘.