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Electric shocker

After writing an Platform article (29 October) bemoaning the press and its “daily barrage against wind energy”, Graham Brown of Burcote Wind pops up again in your letters columns criticising Citigroup’s paper on the investment climate for renewable energy in Scotland (4 November).

He says England may have to import electricity from Scotland, and implies that it would be from his beloved, highly subsidised wind turbines.

Through the interconnector, France already supplies nuclear energy to England and also, although Alex Salmond would rather you did not know, to Scotland.

Would England want to buy expensive wind energy from Scotland when it can buy low-cost nuclear from France?

Mr Brown then says: “The UK and Scotland both have challenging and internationally binding carbon reduction and renewables-generation targets to meet.”

That gave me the best laugh of the day. The largest CO2- emitting countries are China, India, the United States and Indonesia, and they are expanding their economies and have no intention of reducing their CO2 levels.

The £200 billion cost of switching to renewables will lead to even higher energy bills and could bankrupt us.

Russia, Canada, Japan and Holland have withdrawn from the Kyoto accord. Denmark has 6,200 turbines and Germany 21,164 – and have the most expensive electricity in Europe.


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