Reply from a Green
Dear George, I am using the Times to contact you as your busy life prevents you from dealing with emails, phone calls or even a Christmas card, but you did make some friendly, flattering, comments in last week’s Times about extreme greens.
I think I might be one of those and I know you will be filled with remorse when you realise just how mistaken you are with your criticism of us. I am sure most thinking people will agree that we should be grateful for our current lifestyle and the cheap electricity we enjoy, in part due to the massive financial support mining companies have been given by successive governments.
However, the World’s poor are not being told that they must stay in poverty as you say you believe. On the contrary, it is fairly common knowledge that off grid solar energy can now be made to reach remote areas faster and cheaper than energy produced in one of those wasteful large centralised coal fired power stations. Solar power would therefore be much better suited to the needs of the 300 million poor Indians who live in small communities. Coal dust pollution of their air, water, and soil would also be avoided, which may be the reason why 69% of Indians preferred solar to coal fired energy in a recent survey.
Perhaps those crucial words global warming should also deserve a mention in this context, although, for some reason the recent federal government intergenerational report totally ignores this phenomenon.
Peter Harling RIORD ANVALE