CLR ANDREW Cooper’s defence of wind power (Mailbag, January 19) is problematic.
The truth is that during the recent cold spell, the worst for many years, there was virtually no wind for many days. Therefore, the wind turbines produced virtually no electricity. Good job we were not relying on it to cook the turkey!
ŠSo, what does Clr Cooper suggest? He talks about increasing the number of turbinesŠ to increase the ‘potential’ for producing electricity.
I have another ‘truth’ for him. Even if we had 10 times the number of turbines we would still get a nil return if there was no wind.
ŠThe fact is that wind power is unpredictable, unreliable, inefficient (most turbines only produce about 25% of their ‘potential’) and expensive.
They are only being erected because of the huge government subsidies available.
Other governments have already arrived at these conclusions and are acting accordingly. To place further reliance on wind power could have disastrous economic and social impacts.
I suggest our Government should be investing in generation plants that will meet our needs 24/365 rather than erecting more talismanic edifices.
Long Live Drax!
A farcical folly
IT was interesting to read Clr Peter McBride’s views expressed during the recent debate on wind turbines.
I would like his view on the contribution that wind power made to our electricity requirements during the recent prolonged cold spell, the coldest on record. It was a mere 0.02%.
The lights will go out when we, as good Europeans, switch off all our coal-fired power stations which are the bedrock of our national grid to conform to idiotic European legislation.
When this happens, the reduction in global carbon dioxide emission will be a mere raindrop in the ocean.
After this noble gesture by the UK, does anybody imagine China, India and the USA will switch off their coal-fired power stations? I don’t think so.
Clr McBride’s Labour Party was in power for 13 years before 2010 and during this time they did absolutely nothing to invest in nuclear power, the only true alternative to carbon-based electricity generation.
All they did was to commit the UK to an unachievable level of alternative power generation. I recall the current leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, was the main instigator of this farce.
When we have obliterated our landscape and green spaces with these hideously inefficient machines, our children will look back in astonishment at the idiocy of our politicians and councillors who promoted this farcical folly.
Heartfelt thank you
TO the person/persons who, in the early hours of Sunday, January 9, called for an ambulance to assist me after I fell on Holmfirth Road, Meltham: thank you very much. Due to the Data Protection Act, I have no other way of expressing my gratitude.
Prison for life
IT amazes me how people could ever consider the release of Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe from prison.
He has served 30 years. Yes, he’s diabetic and has lost the sight in an eye, but he got life imprisonment and as he is still alive life should be just that, in prison until he passes away.
How many children are without parents due to his attacks? How many lives has he destroyed? Sutcliffe and the likes of him should be left in prison with the key thrown down the drain.
What would these do-gooders think if it was members of their families who were his victims?
EXAMINER readers are probably familiar with the ongoing concerns about traffic islands and street lights not being illuminated due to lack of maintenance.
But have road safety group Brake or our traffic police looked at the vehicles being driven with faulty lights or the can’t-be-bothered brigade who do not put their lights on in poor weather and visibility?
On numerous occasions on return journeys from Emley to Moldgreen and Kirkheaton in the evenings – a journey of about seven miles – I have observed up to 15, sometimes more, vehicles with nearside or offside head and side lights out.
This, in poor visibility, is extremely dangerous for themselves and other motorists and road users, but guess what? Nobody is around to advise and warn or even prosecute these drivers who think the road traffic (construction and use) regulations do not apply to them.
I am confident they will say that the lights have just failed if stopped, but I have seen the same vehicles on several different occasions with the same said problem, so come on traffic police and Brake, do something about it as it is becoming an epidemic of badly maintained vehicles.
Rising cost of lager
I UNDERSTAND the Government plans to ban the sale of cans of lager that sell for less than 40p!
In these times of austerity and us ‘all being in this together’ shouldn’t there be a public information campaign to inform us where these less than 40p beverages can be purchased?
I also wonder if the subsidised bars in the House of Commons will be hiking up their prices?
Life in the woods
YOUR article in the weekend Examiner (January 15) about Newfoundland was most interesting. Although I lived there for about 20 years I never went to St John’s or ever went back.
My home was in a small town of about 3,000 inhabitants surrounded by forests of spruce trees. There was a wide river with falls which provided hydro-electric power. The only industry was a large newsprint mill founded by the future aristocratic owners of the Daily Mail who wanted a supply of paper outside Europe in case of war.
An uncle of my father was instrumental in getting them to build on the island. He owned a lot of lumber camps and land which they bought.
Winters were quite sunny and beautiful with snow several feet deep for five or six months and below zero temperatures. Northern Lights were quite often to be seen.
Summers, though, had plagues of black flies and mosquitoes. We had fly screens on the doors and windows which were replaced by double glazing in the winter. Then there was a forest fire nearby. Our houses which were all wood including the roofs, had to be sprayed with water to stop them from catching fire.
Labour and VAT
HOWARD Lawton (Mailbag, January 11) appears to be under the impression that Thatcher and Heseltine introduced the 25% VAT rate.
It was actually Harold Wilson and the Labour Party who did this after the General Election in 1974. Tight monetary control, deep cuts in public spending, education and health followed leading to the winter of discontent.
All these events happened before Mrs Thatcher came to power in 1979.
On yer bike
A SPATE of letters has appeared recently from car drivers bemoaning the fact that they can’t have the whole road to themselves because there are bus lanes which ‘hold up the traffic’.
There’s a simple answer. Get your bike out from the back of your garage and use it – bus lanes accommodate cyclists too.
You’ll feel a lot better, get to your destination without hold-ups and enjoy passing all those cars stuck in a jam.
Will new NHS work?
THE imminent shift in the NHS is –Šor seems to beŠ– from busy GPs and their practice staff working with equally busy accountants, IT experts, buyers, PR teams, managers, senior managers, directors, assistant directors, etc. to much smaller groups steered byŠGPs and practice staff.
Abracadabra – staff numbers and costs fall.
ŠBut how will a new slimline structureŠ achieveŠ as much asŠGPsŠwithin the Šlarger groups we are about to lose? Exactly what will be assessed in 2014 to 2017 to Šshow communities that the Prime Minister’s leaner NHS is beneficial?