Toward a Renewable Future; Yousay IN YOUR OPINION
MARTIN M JONES made an excellent point in his letter (October 29). We have profound challenges ahead of us.
Firstly, to make the transition away from fossil fuels towards more sustainable sources. Secondly, to get our economy moving in the right direction again. These challenges need not be seen as mutually exclusive, and we can all do our part in making progress towards these objectives.
Firstly, let's consider the fact that the world has at its disposal the most enormous nuclear reactor - it's called the Sun, and it bathes us each day in enormous quantities of energy.
Secondly, we have the benefit of gravity. In addition to the Earth's gravitational pull making sure that we stay fairly firmly attached to this planet, we can see the moon's gravitational pull influencing the planet by creating tidal ebb and flow.
We also have other forms of renewable energy production such as wind power (look how well the Irish are doing at generating electricity this way) and geothermal.
The current government is taking its eye off the ball - and isn't investing in a programme of public works to develop, for example, hydroelectric dams. …