Denial delays urgent action
A Chorley reader raises some interesting points about energy security which deserve a reply (LEP November 11).
Denial of climate change, partly caused by burning fossil fuels, is increasingly untenable.
The evidence – scientific and weather-based – is now widely accepted by the United Nations, world governments, including the UK, and reputable scientists.
We have more extreme climate events: floods, droughts, glacial and ice cap melting, plus human interventions such as deliberately started forest fires. Ice coverage of Greenland and the Arctic is declining alarmingly.
This affects the habitats of animals like polar bears. An ice-free shipping lane across northern Siberia has appeared. Many parts of Africa are suffering from crop failure and drought. California is short of water.
Rising sea levels cause more flooding in low-lying countries, increasingly threatening their very existence.
These changes partly cause population migration from countries like Sudan, Ethiopia or Chad.
We can see pictures on our TVs of people camped at Calais or trying to climb the fences into Spanish African territories.
Burning fossil fuels such as coal, shale gas and oil, causes CO2 to accumulate in the atmosphere.
This makes temperatures rise globally and encourages climate change at an alarming rate.
If we burn more coal in power stations and fail to capture CO2 we’re making a serious problem even worse.
Most countries now realise this and they’re moving from coal and gas-based generation, as well as focusing on saving energy. This also helps to tackle deadly pollution in cities like Beijing.
There’s only one deep-level coal mine left in Britain. If we build more coal-fired power stations, the coal will have to be imported.
How would that improve energy security and our trade deficit?
Nuclear power is extremely expensive. It’s heavily subsidised especially because the enormous costs of dealing with radioactive waste are paid by us taxpayers, not the electricity companies.
There are very serious risks with nuclear power. Think of Windscale, Chernobyl and Fukushima. Imagine a terrorist attack on a nuclear plant like Sellafield.
We need to switch to renewable, sustainable energy generation. Tidal power is a positive development; so is hydro-electricity. Solar power is growing in importance globally. Imagine how it could convert desert sunshine into power.
Wind power is far from being fallible as your correspondent claims. It’s increasingly important in Britain. Renewables are now generating more energy than nuclear power: a British engineering success story we should be proud of, and one which fosters self-reliance, right down to local community level.
Climate change is here.
Most sensible people and politicians know this. It must be tackled if we’re to survive. Denial just delays the time for urgent action.
Marion Seed, Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth
Missing our local bobby
I read that Mr Cameron is spending a couple of billion on beefing up our security. I have heard that includes 2,000 new recruits into the service. I wonder where these new people will be recruited from?
Mind you, there must be dozens of redundant policemen knocking about, will they be considered? The big picture is a very worrying one, and just as worrying domestically, because the only policemen I see these days are flying up and down Liverpool Road in their cars.
I was thinking of asking if there was any chance of ever seeing a local bobby again, but now they have bulldozed our lovely old cop shop, I think I got my reply before I had even asked!
Allan Fazackerley via email
Searching for help with book
I am currently writing a book based on the diaries from the First World War. The diary is written by James Green who lived in the Preston area. The book is due to be published 2016.
In his diary, he mentions some of his friends. These are: John Thompson, Billy Dixon and George Clough.
He was in the Liverpool Irish and was based at the Shaw Street Barracks before going to Canterbury.
If anyone knows any of these men, or their families, can you please contact me on 07789 001536 (After 5pm), email gerard
firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact the Lancashire Evening Post.
It would be lovely if someone has pictures or memorabilia that I could include in the book.
The diary would be of interest to these families as it would let you know the bravery of your family members and what they went through for us. It would be a miracle if someone had a picture of all of them together!
Fingers crossed. Thank you.
Gerard Thompson via email
Suffering in slaughterhouses
Your article Why We Should Never Forget showed us how people cause suffering (LEP November 12).
Just turning over the page, we read another article about people kicking, punching, beating about the head and face, burning, using electric stunning tongs to inflict painful electric shocks and hacking away at throats. History is being repeated every day ... not in the death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau but on our own doorsteps. In human-run slaughterhouses.
Name and address supplied
Leading party into oblivion
In case anyone was in any doubt, Corbyn the coward will lead Labour into political and social oblivion. This gutless throwback from the past will do Labour more harm than good and, by the time Labour wakes up to the danger, it will be too late.
Like Michael Foot before him, Corbyn is a liability and can never hope to lead Labour anywhere other than into outright and utter disgrace.
Joseph G Dawson, Chorley