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Kamikaze journey

Dear Editor

The government has hobbled the business model of coal-fired power stations, believing naively that some can be brought back in emergency. But they find that the few remaining are no longer viable. Now they are repeating the same error with internal combustion engine (ICE) makers.

The phasing out of ICEs by 2030 was never viable.

Assuming 55kg  per electric vehicle (EV), around  82million tonnes of lithium will be needed to make batteries for 1,500million EVs globally. Only 130,000 tonnes came from mines in 2022, at which rate it would take over 600 years to make the batteries.

The government also fails to grasp that the 300,000 100kW EV chargers planned for the strategic road network (plus 10million heat pumps) will more than double the maximum demand on the National Grid to around 90GW.

Since the total solar and wind capacity is less than 1GW on some days, even trebling wind and solar farm capacity will not be sufficient without enormous investment in energy storage.

Penalising fossil fuels before affordable alternatives were available, was never wise and Net Zero will return us to a pre-industrial age. Why does the government persist with this kamikaze journey?

Roger J Arthur

West Sussex

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Is this MP fit for purpose?


Dear Editor,

Re: MP Helen Hayes’s response to her constituent’s request to read the Perseus reportTCW July 2.  
In sending the Perseus report to all British MPs, its authors clearly considered it was not beyond their grasp, yet MP Helen Hayes feels unable to assess its contents and feels she must instead assess the ‘expertise’ and political views of its authors. The report targets the MHRA, which is not supposed to be a political body, and if it has become so, is no longer fit for purpose as an impartial regulator.

As a member of a legislature, Ms Hayes should be capable of assessing the substance of a report, whatever its source, and if she is unable to do so, then she, too, is unfit for purpose.

Diana Wylde
Portugal


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Kill two birds with one stone

Dear Editor

It appears that the mythical Carbon Capture and Storage beasts are reluctant to come out of their caves all over the world. So far the UK has given the hunters £74billion of taxpayers’ money but there have been no sightings. Here is a solution to achieve CCS at far less cost to UK taxpayers. When fizzy drinks are opened the CO2 escapes into the atmosphere so the government should buy up all the fizzy drinks in cans and plastic bottles and store them deep underground. Repeat this process until UK CO2 level is acceptable. This will solve not only the CO2 problem but also the litter problem. The UK will be the first to achieve its Net Zero target and the planet is saved.

Clark Cross 

Linlithgow

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Our sacrifices will be worth it

Dear Editor

Net Zero, which Joe Baron wrote about in TCW on July 5 (Net Zero – a national act of self-harm sponsored by the loony left)  is an opportunity for us to think of others before ourselves. Think of King Charles, Lord Deben and John Kerry – they and various others are very happy with Net Zero. There may be minor inconveniences to the rest of us – no car, no heating, small amounts of food, but what are these small sacrifices compared with the pleasure Net Zero brings others?

Kathleen Carr

Sheffield

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Bring the banks under control

Dear Editor

We live on bank magic money, the extent of which bears no relation to our actual prosperity. Quantitative Easing for example has reached almost £1trillion, which is £15,000 a UK head for every man woman and child, and our national debt is £2.7trillion – another £41,000 per head of population. £56,000 of state debt for each of us.

QE is ‘narrow’ money – aimed at things like the NHS or sent abroad as foreign aid – but some of it still trickles into people’s pockets to cause inflation.

As we import 60 per cent of what we buy in the shops, including 46 per cent of what we eat, that tends to keep inflation down, but during the big inflation of the late 1970s, when we made and grew most of what we consumed, and Labour was dishing out 25 per cent wage increases, inflation was driven to 28 per cent.

Our current problems began with the next Labour government of 1997, who were in thrall to the City, and allowed the banks to create money as a substitute for real economic growth. The house price boom was one result, which is why houses are now bought with mortgages based on six or seven-times earnings, as opposed to the two or three-times earnings of pre-1997.

Government is powerless with a private banking system that can create the money supply from thin air, and lend it to whoever it chooses, and for those borrowers to then do whatever they please with that money. Only by controlling the banks, and living within our means, can stability and real prosperity return.

Malcolm Parkin


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Thanks, TCW

Dear Editor

I have been waiting to be in the right frame of mind since my mum died in April aged 92 to write to thank you.

I have listened to Mike Yeadon being interviewed by James Delingpole via your article on June 27 three times, it has uplifted me so, and I want to try and briefly tell you how lately TCW has woven into, influenced and enhanced my life.

At mum’s funeral we were able to say how much mum loved flowers and freedom, so ‘if not flowers any donations to TCW Defending Freedom . . .’

I like to think mum managed to gently do her bit and have a purpose right to the end and it led to lots of conversations.

My sisters and I managed to look after mum when she became frail in the last 18 months without help from anyone except friends from Stand In The Park and relatives and neighbours. By luck I got to know an ex-first responder who resigned after realising the truth when working at a Nightingale hospital, he gave me confidence when I needed it.

At one time I had a fear of headlines such as ‘anti-vaxxers break lockdown rules, refuse to wear masks, and kill their mum’.

My sisters and I took it in turns to live with mum, I took her to her first Demo/Freedom Rally in a wheelchair, and we spent most days on buses and cafes always with paper copies of TCW articles to give out when the conversations arose as they did so naturally.

An example of one of the many little things that happened: we were waiting for the bus outside Hornchurch library where I had just photocopied an article by Professor Angus Dalgleish when the lady waiting next to us told of her nephew just being diagnosed with leukaemia . . .

It was also easy to put White Rose stickers and other handmade ones on bus stops with Mum around looking sweet and frail in a wheelchair.

I held books on buses and trains eg Imagine You Are An Aluminum Atom by Christopher Exley, Science For Sale  by David Lewis and Toxic Legacy by Stephanie Seneff. They also led to conversations on packed buses.

I gave flowers with some of your articles along with others from the HART group to the young, kindly but masked GP after mum died. And some to the Registrar of Deaths.

In the queue outside Emmanuel Centre for TCW Celebration of Dissent I by chance and with complete surprise met a distant cousin, and found out he knows Michelle Diskin Bates, author of Stand Against Injustice, another book that has inspired me.

I am in awe of your stamina, intelligence and moral courage.

Thanks beyond words.

Penny Ward 

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