WHEN even your arch-libertarian free marketeer Andrew McKie accepts that climate change is an issue (“The world wants a greener agenda. However it can price all of us pricey”, The Herald, July 20), we must always all consider it’s turning into severe.
Sadly, he then spends a lot of the column denigrating those that have taken optimistic steps to counter the rising catastrophe, together with after all Greta Thunberg and any others who dare to counsel unpopular actions. Tackling this downside will want us all to make some sacrifices and concerted motion by business. The indicators of optimistic motion by enterprise aren’t encouraging. Final week’s headline in regards to the tiny proportion of companies which have even thought-about actions to chop their carbon emissions (“Most Scottish companies haven’t any plans to chop carbon emissions”, The Herald, July 17) doesn’t bode effectively.
The actions of two of the world’s most profitable businessmen, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos (profitable at the least by way of their obscene accrued wealth) additionally fail to set something like a superb instance. The large hype over their escapades to the sting of house actually is appalling. Satisfying the whims of a few self-regarding billionaires, with the long-term goal of making the most of taking different rich folks on journeys that serve no helpful objective to humanity, hardly looks like a accountable motion.
Claims about all of the “alternatives” this presents for low-gravity analysis ring fairly hole. As identified by Affiliate Professor Eloise Marais from UCL, their flights emit nearly 100 instances the quantity of air pollution per passenger in comparison with the already seriously-polluting business airline trade.
Western Germany, the west of North America and different much less well-publicised areas at the moment are exhibiting the horrendous human and monetary price of local weather change. Including to air pollution within the higher ambiance for this completely pointless train is a gross disservice and can add to the distress of billions of different people.
Dr RM Morris, Ellon.
* ON ITV News final evening two objects struck me as worthy of remark. One confirmed the starvation and struggling of the kids of Madagascar, and the opposite, the richest man on the earth’s journey to house. The latter is outwardly to assist put house inside attain of vacationers (or at the least those that have 1 / 4 of one million kilos to spare).
I do know I am not the one particular person to recognise the obscenity of this. However, sadly, there are various extra who will not.
Bert Peattie, Kirkcaldy.
* I WAS delighted to notice that Jeff Bezos, founding father of Amazon, was fired off into house lately. My pleasure was short-lived, nonetheless, after I found that they have been bringing him again. A little bit of a misplaced alternative there, don’t you assume?
RH Buntin, Skelmorlie.
NET ZERO AND THE NIMBY SYNDROME
I NOTE with curiosity your report on the latest Residents’ Recommendation Scotland survey on taking steps in direction of the web zero goal (“Scots ‘in the dead of night’ over what they’ll do to assist obtain internet zero”, The Herald, July 19).
Sixty-eight per cent supported strikes in direction of internet zero however 65% had no identifiable power effectivity measures or renewable applied sciences put in of their houses. Are these the individuals who (in response to Authorities and commerce physique surveys) help masking our nation with extra wind farms within the pretence of being “inexperienced” however don’t need to put any effort themselves into the journey to realize internet zero?
It’s fantastic to tear the panorama aside, kill wildlife and make lots of people’s lives a distress by plonking large, rotating (effectively generally) monsters exterior their houses so long as they themselves don’t should stay with them and so they can proceed to purchase the newest in expertise, garments, electrical autos and fly off on a overseas vacation in an effort to sustain with the Joneses (to not save the planet) whereas changing hedges with backyard fencing and actual grass with plastic or concrete to chop down on upkeep (also called laziness however by no means thoughts the hedgehogs) and heaven forbid that some soiled birds may poop on that new electrical (not so environmentally pleasant as you may assume) automobile.
Most individuals may grasp what internet zero is all about however they aren’t going to do their bit to assist obtain it if it’s going to be too inconvenient, they might a lot somewhat move the buck.
Aileen Jackson, Uplawmoor.
ENERGY BILLS WILL SOAR
I HAVE simply renewed my fixed-cost power provide at the perfect charges I may discover, particularly 18.67p/kwh for electrical energy and three.61p/kwh for gasoline, exhibiting electrical energy to be 5 instances dearer than gasoline. The Authorities is waking as much as this challenge in its drive to switch the usage of gasoline in our houses with electrical energy and one favoured resolution is to extend the tax on gasoline to make it dearer.
As renewable electrical energy, principally wind-generated, continues to develop quickly, we’re certainly going to face large power price will increase in a nebulous effort to scale back carbon dioxide, which is crucial to all life on Earth.
GM Lindsay, Kinross.
RENEWABLES JOBS PLEDGE PLEA
SHELL and ScottishPower are to think about enterprise large offshore wind farm initiatives in Scotland. I want to hear extra about approximate figures on the variety of jobs (and share of whole jobs) that will go to Scotland or at the least the UK (Scotland is my desire as different areas produce other inexperienced power funding to divide amongst them). This could embody knowledge on jobs within the provide of uncooked supplies, manufacture of plant, set up of plant, operating of plant and upkeep and so forth.
The companies say they’ve the “proper mix of expertise and expertise” and “it can create 1000’s of jobs and manufacturing alternatives and can ripple down by the availability chain”. I hope this is applicable to the assorted phases of the mission and doesn’t means crumbs from the desk like has occurred with earlier wind farms, of any kind, and bridges and different main building initiatives. There may be some good cash within the licensing however it’s hoped that actual jobs, in actual numbers, will seem, in addition to second tier provide chain jobs.
Niall McTeague, Glasgow.
A SOLUTION FOR SCOTLAND IN THE UK
THE article by Adam Tomkins (“A rustic comfy with its twin identification. What each Scot can be taught from Wales”, The Herald, July 21) was considerate and, I believe, echoed among the opinions expressed by Gordon Brown in his interventions within the independence debate; the query of how Scotland (and Wales) may discover a path to independence whereas staying in shut partnership with England in an uneven state.
This put me in thoughts of my nearly forgotten physics and mechanics lessons of way back, and the thought of a balanced lever. With a one-ounce weight at one finish and a one-pound weight on the different, the pivot would have to be a lot nearer to the heavy finish (England) that it will look very odd certainly. That would not trouble me as a Scotsman however I doubt that England could be joyful.
A Scotland inside the UK, with full management of all financial levers, and an settlement with the remainder of the UK on defence and commerce could be fascinating. Scotland would want to stay exterior of the EU however may be part of EFTA to facilitate our commerce with Europe and the remainder of the UK concurrently. The issue could be to get England to agree, perhaps Professor Tomkins and Mr Brown ought to put their heads collectively.
John Jamieson, Ayr.
OUR EDUCATION LAPDOGS
THE extraordinarily salient level made by Brian Wilson (“Why Scotland’s quango-go-round is a rotten burgh that rewards mediocrity”, The Herald, July 21) concerning the selective management of quangos engineered by the Scottish Authorities may be developed additional, however solely including to our issues. It’s not merely the management of quangos which fails Scotland however their very composition and structure. Once more, there may be deliberate motion and distortion on the a part of the Scottish Authorities.
More and more, these arms-length our bodies resemble civil service departments somewhat than the unbiased organisations they have been meant to be, with initially a short to problem the incumbent administration. Their phrases of reference weren’t merely to guard public funding and guarantee integrity and coherence, however by artistic and unbiased considering to realize enchancment in service supply throughout related domains. Now, alongside the stage military of chairs, now we have government appointees who’re civil servants somewhat than the mental iconoclasts who may problem supposed orthodoxy and definitely the political centralisation and management behaviour so beloved of the SNP-led administration.
Training is a living proof, with the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), SQA and Training Scotland performing as lapdogs to the Scottish Authorities. Government appointments made by the Authorities reveal an unhealthy closeness to civil service buildings and profession tracks. The SFC is, after all, chaired by Mike Cantlay, to whom Mr Wilson makes substantive reference. And it’s with dismay, however not shock, that we learn that the “unbiased” evaluate of schooling buildings is to be led by the outgoing head of Training Scotland. Once more, a particular and accountable act by the Scottish Authorities. And the worth we pay is a continuum of institutional help for failed schooling insurance policies and buildings and which let down our college students and society.
Professor William Wardle, Glasgow.
I SEE Sir Keir Starmer has to self-isolate. Will we discover?
Ken Mackay, Glasgow.