Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fallout from Spending Review

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fallout from Spending Review

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WELL there we have it, or rather we don't. Gideon Osborne's spending review. The North-east is leading the way with the capture and disposal of carbon (Gazette, 27.11.15) but the Chancellor, in his infinite wisdom, has ruled out subsidising this relatively new technology.

We have plenty of land on which to build at least two coal-fired power stations which could use the above mentioned technology. It was reported recently that this country came perilously close to having to put our factories on short time due to not being able to produce enough electricity, but still we are in the process of closing down our coal-fired stations.

Drax, our biggest power station which was run on coal, is now using timber pellets to generate power which, I believe, is emitting more carbon into the air than coal. Germany is now upgrading, expanding and building eight new coal-fired power stations. Why can't we? I thought that with the demise of the Lib Dems that sanity would return and wind turbines would be lost to the passing of time, but no.

Another chance to put the local population back to work goes begging.

IAN NEIL, Ormesby I AM rather baffled by the Government's decision to phase out the use of coal-fired power stations in favour of more gas power which they deem to see as a more secure option. As we import the majority the gas that we use, I fail to see where this idea originated from. Our energy supplies and requirements have changed significantly in the last 30 years so in the light of that we need be sure that we really do have a secure supply. We have abundant reserves of coal and the expertise to mine it, we also have an ongoing programme into the burning of clean coal and carbon capture and I believe that putting money into these projects is potentially a more secure way of ensuring our energy supplies in the future. …

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