Missed chance

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

Ni­cola Stur­geon an­nounced this week that she will form a state-owned en­ergy firm in four years to drive down soar­ing en­ergy costs (your re­port, 11 Oc­to­ber). She added that the elec­tric­ity would come from re­new­able sources. This de­ci­sion will cost tax­pay­ers mil­lions to set up and could fall foul of EU “state aid” rules.

Re­new­able sources? Does Ms Stur­geon now have con­trol of the wind and sun? When they do not blow or shine, what then? Im­port the “nasty” elec­tric­ity from south of the Border gen­er­ated from nu­clear, coal, gas and even diesel projects.

Of course, the SNP could have de­liv­ered cheaper en­ergy bills, both gas and elec­tric­ity, if it had al­lowed frack­ing and not played pol­i­tics with the six Green MSPS. Yet an­other missed op­por­tu­nity.

Fracked gas in Amer­ica has pro­vided clean gas to power sta­tions, de­liv­er­ing cheaper en­ergy bills for busi­nesses and the pub­lic, boost­ing the econ­omy AND re­duc­ing CO2 emis­sions.

CLARK CROSS Spring­field Road, Lin­lith­gow

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