Climate deniers must see facts

First published in Letters

CONTRARY to the impression which MP David Davies tries to create, environmentalists base their concerns on the best available scientific evidence and interpret that evidence with a good deal more scrupulousness than right-wing climate-change deniers such as himself.

Climate is an extremely complex topic and we do not have all the information we would like. Nevertheless, the evidence in support of man-made climate change is very strong, much stronger for instance than any evidence which the Coalition has ever brought forward in justification of its reckless policies on the economy, education, the National Health Service or on most other aspects of government.

Green levies, which include subsidies for energy efficiency, amount to just 9% of the average energy bill and since gas, coal and oil will continue to increase in price it makes sense to invest heavily in renewable energy and in energy conservation, but not in nuclear energy which David Davies is so fond of. The government’s agreement to underwrite the £16 billion Hinkley Point nuclear power station will mean consumers paying £92.50 for every megawatt hour of electricity that the plant generates. This figure, which is index linked, is almost twice the current wholesale cost of electricity making it a great deal for the French State-owned company EDF!

Clive Shakesheff Lewis Way Chepstow

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2:25pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Realist UK says...

I'm looking out of my window at two recently erected monstrosities called wind turbines. Both remain unmoved, wrong type of wind maybe?
I'm looking out of my window at two recently erected monstrosities called wind turbines. Both remain unmoved, wrong type of wind maybe? Realist UK
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4:13pm Tue 4 Mar 14

whatintheworld says...

Realist UK wrote:
I'm looking out of my window at two recently erected monstrosities called wind turbines. Both remain unmoved, wrong type of wind maybe?
wrong type of green investment.

please dont dismiss more efficient energy generation schemes because windmills are crap :)
[quote][p][bold]Realist UK[/bold] wrote: I'm looking out of my window at two recently erected monstrosities called wind turbines. Both remain unmoved, wrong type of wind maybe?[/p][/quote]wrong type of green investment. please dont dismiss more efficient energy generation schemes because windmills are crap :) whatintheworld
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4:49pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Stevenboy says...

Whether Mr Shakesheff likes it or not, nuclear is the only low carbon alternative for base-load generation. All the 'green' sources, whilst nice for top-up, are either unreliable, (wind), inefficient (solar) or hugely expensive (tidal). Nuclear may seem expensive alongside what we use and charge for now but will become realistic compared to the price of gas and oil as the supplies diminish.
Whether Mr Shakesheff likes it or not, nuclear is the only low carbon alternative for base-load generation. All the 'green' sources, whilst nice for top-up, are either unreliable, (wind), inefficient (solar) or hugely expensive (tidal). Nuclear may seem expensive alongside what we use and charge for now but will become realistic compared to the price of gas and oil as the supplies diminish. Stevenboy
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4:59pm Tue 4 Mar 14

welshmen says...

Thorium Fast Breeder Reactors are preferred by the British National Party when in power, Thorium is less harmful and has less waste, also Nuclear Power stations and a big investment in Natural Resourced Power, so in the short time Nuclear Gas & Coal in the long term Thorium Power Stations when more research is conducted to acquire UK licencing and Tidal Power.... www.bnp.org.uk all Power required for our Industries will be British owned and British built....
Thorium Fast Breeder Reactors are preferred by the British National Party when in power, Thorium is less harmful and has less waste, also Nuclear Power stations and a big investment in Natural Resourced Power, so in the short time Nuclear Gas & Coal in the long term Thorium Power Stations when more research is conducted to acquire UK licencing and Tidal Power.... www.bnp.org.uk all Power required for our Industries will be British owned and British built.... welshmen
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8:11pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Mervyn James says...

Is there ANY Point blaming climate changes ? We had climate changes long before the discovered coal and industrial pollution and, before man walked the earth. We had floods and tsunami's in Wales 400 years ago and that was REAL flooding. You people watch too much TV and weather reporting and dire 'warnings' every time the rain/snow falls, or the wind picks up. None of the "This has never happened before..." reports are even true...... some go as far back as 50 years, DOH ! Even the 1900s are meaningless in real terms...
Is there ANY Point blaming climate changes ? We had climate changes long before the discovered coal and industrial pollution and, before man walked the earth. We had floods and tsunami's in Wales 400 years ago and that was REAL flooding. You people watch too much TV and weather reporting and dire 'warnings' every time the rain/snow falls, or the wind picks up. None of the "This has never happened before..." reports are even true...... some go as far back as 50 years, DOH ! Even the 1900s are meaningless in real terms... Mervyn James
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8:32pm Tue 4 Mar 14

blackandamber says...

Iv'e got a log burner, lovely climate in our house. Warm as toast.
Iv'e got a log burner, lovely climate in our house. Warm as toast. blackandamber
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8:36am Wed 5 Mar 14

Mervyn James says...

On the BBC today they wailing presenters were stating 'Not happened in 60 years', then, 'not happened since records began', within minutes on the same weather report, they need to make up their mind, since 60 years is well within living memory, and since records began is relatively very recent too.
On the BBC today they wailing presenters were stating 'Not happened in 60 years', then, 'not happened since records began', within minutes on the same weather report, they need to make up their mind, since 60 years is well within living memory, and since records began is relatively very recent too. Mervyn James
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