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Friday, July 22, 2005


My letter in this weeks West End Mail - this may not have the kudos of a Scotsman letter but, since it is provided free theoughout the area, it probably doesn't have a much lower print run. I put this in because I was a bit annoyed by a puff piece about the commitment of the local MP to alternative power. I hope somebody on the sustainababble side takes up the cudgels since I have no doubt they will lose:

Your 13th July edition contained an item about a lobby group, the Sustainable Energy Partnership, approving our local MP's support of micro-generation (essentially covering our rooftops with windmills).

55% of Scotland's electricity is provided by 2 nuclear plants, the more extensive of which, Hunterston, is to close in 2011.

Windmills only provide 0.3% of our power & micro-generation , as the name suggests, can do only a small fraction of even that. This is not a serious solution.

Nuclear is reliable, non-polluting, CO2 free & at 2.3p per unit (or less for new reactors) easily the most economical power source.

According to Help the Aged figures 24,000 pensioners die each year in the UK from fuel poverty.

If we do not replace our current nuclear plants with at least equal capacity we are going to have massive blackouts & even more deaths.

Our MPs have a duty to do something serious about this not playing around with token & subsidised windmills unnecessarily pushing up our electricity bills.

Lenin once said that socialism would be achieved by "Soviet power & the electrification of the whole country" - it is unfortunate to see the present generation of "socialists" instead embracing Ludditism to usher in a new dark age.

I find that this letter has been reprinted by Professor Fred Singer's site the Science & Environmental Policy Project ( & John Ray's Greeniewatch ( as well as by an unknown Spanish translation (see next item). Not bad for a short letter in a local district paper.
I seem to remember reading in the Eye that the actual cost of nuclear power, when government subsidy is taken into account, is considerably higher than 2.3p...
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