The Daily Telegraph

Energy failures

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SIR – Many will surely agree with Tony Lodge (“We need a public inquiry into this energy disaster”, Business, September 17).

For more than a decade, successive government­s ignored security advisers who said, time and again, that Britain was in grave danger of being too reliant on other countries for its energy needs.

We must now hope that Liz Truss and her colleagues act fast to exploit Britain’s coal, oil and gas reserves, while Rolls-royce develops its modular nuclear reactors.

Burning trees by importing wood pellets from North America and Scandinavi­a – wood that produces more carbon dioxide than coal – simply because trees are “renewable” after many years is just one aspect of the net-zero strategy that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

James A Cowan

Belmont, Co Durham

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