Selfish wish to bequeath children overheated world
Peter Wyatt of Totnes, a UKIP spokesman, well-known climate change sceptic and regular contributor to the letters pages of the Western Morning News, forever seems to be making predictions of a political nature – not that these ever appear to be particularly accurate. So, perhaps I too may be permitted to make just one prediction? My prediction is that in the wake of all the overwhelming evidence provided by the world's most eminent scientists of the United Nations warning of the ever-increasing threat of irreversible man-made climate change to the planet, certain misguided individuals will be submitting letters to the Western Morning News desperately trying to dismiss the scientists' report as a load of codswallop.
We should all be very clear what this UN report of over one million words says. In essence, the Earth faces a catastrophic environmental disaster unless we drastically reduce pumping carbon-based fuels into the planet's atmosphere. That means, like it or not, not just a need for far fewer car journeys and the like, but less energy consumption overall. To maintain the standard of living to which we have become all too accustomed, we are going to have to put far greater emphasis on energy production from 'green' sources such as geothermic and hydro-electric (where this is geologically feasible) and from renewable sources such as solar panels, wind turbines and harnessing the tides.
It is, of course well worth noting that all those utterly selfish people who wish to bequeath a polluted and hothouse planet to their children by vigorously batting against wind farms, never seem to have batted an eyelid at all when it came to cheap booze-flights to the Costa Del Lagerlout costing a ridiculous £5 each way, or when the erection of electricity pylons or new roads cut a slice out of the countryside. They may well gripe about the relatively low subsidy given to clean energy sources, but I don't recall them whinging about Thatcher's subsidy in the 1980s, known as "dash-for-gas" or that received by the nuclear industry ever since its inception. And if you think that wind farms are a blot on the landscape, then do not forget that Mr Wyatt's beloved UKIP, of course, is very much in favour of "fracking" – a risky method that will not only involve scarring the countryside and running the risk of permanently poisoning vital underground water supplies, but will involve pumping even more greenhouse gas into an already over polluted atmosphere.
Refreshingly, the findings of the UN scientists' report are a direct contradiction of UKIP's own energy policy. Fortunately also, in a democracy such as ours, voters can decide whom they wish to believe – the world's leading scientific authorities on the subject and the United Nations, or a bunch of self-appointed old moaners scribbling away from the comfort of their armchairs.
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