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Why does the MSM ignore wave power?

Dear Editor 

Mainstream media, of which the BBC are the main culprits, depressingly continue to ignore our main and constantly available source of clean energy. Tidal and wave. Why?

An example was today’s lunchtime political programme from the Labour conference. The BBC interviewer, politicians and ‘experts’ said that the only solution to our energy deficiency when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow is nuclear!

Why are they ignoring our richest energy source on an island with 2,300 miles of coastline and the moon’s regular and reliable gravitational energy providing tidal and its associated wave energy?

Is this unwitting ignorance, or deliberate avoidance?

Do our politicians and media reporters not understand the real cost and dangers of nuclear? Do they not understand that nuclear requires the mining of an exhaustible supply of uranium which is not available in this country and its waste products are biologically dangerous for thousands of years? Uranium comes from Canada and Russia!

Tidal and wave energy is not even mentioned in any discussion and this in itself is suspicious. There is already the distribution system in place with the offshore wind farms and tidal and wave generators could be integrated with them.

Who is pulling the propaganda strings in this massive deception to condition the public to a future of a nuclear nightmare? Where are our university academics and scientists to bring this option into the discussion? And why do they remain silent on this issue? Help!

Malcolm Naylor

Ilkley

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We should not bankrupt ourselves for Net Zero

Dear Editor

A study produced as part of the Oil and Gas Transition initiative states that climate change goals are at risk due to ‘lack of clear net zero strategies’. This report is talking about just three countries: the UK, Norway and Denmark. It further says that these countries are signatories to the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5C. This is not correct. The agreement was to limit warming to well below 2C and pursuing a target of 1.5C but it did not commit the 195 countries to meeting the 1.5C threshold. The study should have revealed that only five countries have legally binding Climate Change Acts: Sweden, UK, France, Denmark and New Zealand. Another 70 countries have made promises. What about the other 120 countries? It needs to be pointed out that, along with India, China pushed negotiators at COP26 to dilute a resolution to accelerate the ‘phase-out’ of unabated coal power to a much weaker pledge to ‘phase-down’ the use of this fuel. Why should the UK, with only 1.13 per cent of global emissions, bankrupt itself with a Net Zero by 2050 bill of £3trillion, which is £108,000 per household, when countries have no intention of keeping their COP26 promises?

Clark Cross

Linlithgow

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‘Saving the planet’ is destroying it

Dear Editor

In our headlong rush to ‘save the planet’ perhaps a sobering reality check for the deluded Greens is long overdue? 

A small, ever-so-green, 100MW wind farm needs 30,000 tons of iron ore, 50,000 tons of concrete and 900 tons of non-recyclable plastic.  

For the same power from an ever-so-green solar farm you need to increase that by 150 per cent. 

An electric car battery weighs half a ton and making just one requires shifting 250 tons of earth somewhere else on the planet. 

All require what are called ‘rare earths’, so a phenomenal 200 to 2,000 per cent increase in toxic mining, processing and shipping is required somewhere else on the planet, usually from unregulated regimes with very lax environmental standards. 

Solar and wind have weather-dependent limits but we need energy all the time, so we have to have permanent back-up. The giant Tesla factory in Nevada would take 500 years to make enough batteries to supply the USA with electricity for one day! 

After 30 years and countless billions in subsidies, wind and solar supply less than 3 per cent of the world’s energy. On top of that, like all machines ‘renewables’ are built from non-renewable materials – and have to be replaced time and time again, so definitely not a one-off cost. 

The International Renewable Energy Agency calculates that solar energy goals for 2050 to meet the Paris Accord will result in old-panel disposal constituting more than double the tonnage of all today’s global plastic waste! 

The environmental cost? 

To accommodate 2,000 MW of gas or nuclear power generation requires the same area as two 18-hole golf courses. Whereas accommodating 2,000 MW of wind power requires an area the size of Belgium! The resultant habitat loss and wildlife slaughter is simply incalculable. 

Then, of course, you still need 2,000 MW of gas or nuclear power to accommodate those hundreds of occasions each year when wind and solar power is producing absolutely nothing.  

Instead of ‘saving the planet’, rampaging renewables are actually devouring it! 

George Herraghty 

Moray

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A question of consent

Dear Editor

According to guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service, breast ironing is an offence ‘regardless of consent. It is not possible to consent to serious assault’. 

What about the serious assault of an experimental injection which causes serious adverse effects and death – why can children consent to that?

Sylvia

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