We are not running Letters to the Editor over the school holidays, but as and when we receive letters that relate to topical happenings or are of news importance we will post them at the top of Readers’ Forum for comments in addition to the normal open commentary. Today’s letter is from David Wright:
GOLDMAN Sachs, a fairly authoritative organisation when it comes to number-crunching, calculated in November 2022 that in the ten years from 2011 to 2021 the world had spent $3.8trillion on renewable energy and climate change amelioration measures. This has resulted in the reduction of fossil fuel use for energy supply from 82 per cent to . . . wait for it . . . 81 per cent. Meanwhile African populations continue to cook over wood and dung fires, inhaling the smoke and suffering early death, and have enough electricity to power a light bulb for a few hours a day. This is the moral equivalent of a couple buying an £80million yacht and going off in it while leaving their small children locked in a shed at the bottom of the garden to starve to death. Such are the priorities of the brilliant politicians we vote into office.
A trillion is quite a big number to get one’s head around so: 1 trillion seconds is 30,000 years.