Posts Tagged ‘Letters’

UK’s wasted chances to recycle and renew | Letters

Britain should follow China’s example on renewables, writes Feargal Dalton, and Ian Paul urges the UK to step up to the recycling challenge. Neil Sinclair wants a fossil fuel-free February, while Grace Hewson wants a plastic-free newspaper In view of the appalling revelations that the UK has been shipping vast quantities of plastic to China […]

Winds have generated power for centuries | Brief letters

Walsall’s heyday | Wind power | Elon Musk’s Hyperloop | Today programme | Worst deal ever “Walsall was never a pretty town”, according to Roy Boffy (Letters, 16 October); this may be true now but has not always been the case. Its handsome villas and public buildings were remarked on in 1834 by William White […]

Nuclear must be part of the low-carbon mix | Letters

Agneta Rising of the World Nuclear Association and Dr Alexander Bannara reply to criticisms of the industry Re David Lowry’s criticisms of nuclear energy (Letters, 17 September), it is true that nuclear plants stop generating temporarily for maintenance and repair, but the same is true for most other forms of electricity generation. However, on average […]

Beware nuclear industry’s fake news on being emissions free | Letters

David Blackburn says we need decentralised energy sources; David Lowry on nuclear not being zero-carbon technology; plus letters from David Hayes and Fred Starr I wholeheartedly agree with much of your editorial (14 September), as the economics of new nuclear is weaker than ever at a time when renewables are coming in cheaper year on […]

The role of renewables in the UK energy mix | Letters

The case for new nuclear power stations is fatuous now offshore wind power has come down in cost so much, says Ian Hill. Yes, writes Will Taylor, but don’t forget the potential of tidal energy. Hold on a minute before rejecting nuclear, argue Tim Chittenden and Jim Waterton Your excellent editorial on the reducing cost […]

Electric cars are pollution shifters: we will need huge investment in generation capacity | Letters

Household vehicle charging will be the equivalent of running an electric shower for hours on end, argues Colin Read There seems to be little understanding of the simple fact that electric vehicles (EV) are, in the main, pollution shifters – from tailpipe to power generation facility (Ban from 2040 on diesel and petrol car sales, […]

Nuclear is to wind as Betamax is to Netflix – why Hinkley Point C is a turkey | Letters

Christopher Jessop on why the UK is still backing nuclear power as others dump it; Andrew Warren on how energy efficiency can save us from the ‘energy gap’; Brian Price on the inaccuracy of a 2007 prediction by the head of EDF You report (4 July) that the cost of Hinkley C power station has just […]

‘Mad Alex’: Donald Trump letters abuse Scottish ex-first minister

Messages sent before his White House campaign show US president-elect harassing Alex Salmond over windfarms Donald Trump harangued the former first minister of Scotland as “Mad Alex” and accused him of being on a “march to oblivion” in a series of increasingly angry and eccentric letters about windfarms he claimed were blighting his Scottish golf […]

Non-nuclear options for constant energy | Letters

Energy secretary Amber Rudd (Letters, 21 April) clearly has the gift of clairvoyance. She says that no liabilities would fall to the UK taxpayer or consumer should Hinkley Point C be cancelled. Who, pray, would foot the bill to complete the project should EDF withdraw after a few years of construction when cost and time […]

To destroy human civilisation we just need to continue with business as usual | Letters

China’s strategy for dealing with air pollution is a cosmetic exercise cynically timed to coincide with the Paris summit on climate change (Airpocalypse now: factories and schools in Beijing shut by unprecedented smog alert, 9 December). The 24-hour WHO limit for small particulates is 25 microgrammes per cubic metre of air, though recent studies have […]