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Letters to the editor: Issue 501 21 Aug 2008

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Energy / Fuel, Global warming, All of UK, Rest of World

Carbon-intensive transport has put us on the road to catastrophe

David HT Smith, The Thursfield Smith Consultancy, Shrewsbury

In his parallel universe, Paul Withrington (Letters LTT 25 Jul) continues his enthusiasm for oil-fuelled road and air transport and adds coal-fired power stations. He seems never to have heard of renewable energy, which comes in, broadly, seven different forms: geothermal; biofuels; solar; wind; hydro; tidal; wave.

The first has little application in Britain and we need to be discriminating about the forms of the second, which will go nowhere near replacing fossil fuels. We have made some...

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