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Sammy Wilson should take the lead in reversing climate change policy

The Belfast Telegraph editorial (February 11) is wrong to criticise Environment Minister Sammy Wilson for banning Government TV advertisements linking energy-saving measures to climate change mitigation.

While energy saving action is important for sound political and economic reasons, it is very unlikely that any such measures would affect global climate one way or another.

What is certain, however, is that the so-called ‘carbon reduction measures’ proposed by our Government would have a disastrous effect on our national economy and well-being.

Future historians will shake their heads in amazement at the UK's folly in phasing out fossil fuel for power generation in favour of untried and, in many cases, proven to be unfeasible, alternatives. The UK, and other Western European nations, could face an energy crisis of unprecedented proportions within five or six years. The UK has vast reserves of coal waiting to meet our energy needs for many years to come.

If action is taken at once to replace or refurbish our life-expired nuclear power stations and build new nuclear generators, we should be able to generate 50% of our energy needs by this clean and reliable method by the middle of this century.

The Belfast Telegraph expresses the view that scientists who contend that man's activities have a minimal effect on climate are very much in a minority.

While this statement is, at best, questionable and, at worst, wrong, it must be pointed out that scientific conclusions are not arrived at by democratic vote. Most of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the last century were originally minority views.

Unfortunately, influential bodies such as the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, while having many able scientists among its membership, corporately fails to follow proper scientific procedure and produces reports based on half-formed opinions and untested predictive modelling.

It would be a great day for Northern Ireland if our Environment Minister gave the lead in reversing the developed nations' foolish policies aimed at mitigating the unlikely effects of an unproven hypothesis.

Alan Love

UK Independence Party: Energy and Environmental Policy Committee, Lisburn

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