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A far cry from saving the planet

Your editorial on saving the planet and making money is a microcosm of our approach to the planet. Businesses are for making money and if they can reduce the amount of energy they use in the process they will make more money and reduce the carbon dioxide per unit produced.
Another objective of business is to do more business. So, businesses don't take their energy savings in pound notes and compost them to stop them from buying more fossil fuels. No, they make more units and those units can be cheaper so that they sell more.

In the past 50 years, we have more than doubled the miles per gallon of vehicles (or in contemporary terms halved the g/km). Vehicles therefore have become more useful so we use them more. The resulting total vehicle mileage is an order of magnitude greater than it was 50 years ago, and the total fuel consumed has gone ever upwards. This economic model its true of everything.

What you advocate is a recipe for good business and speeding up the demise of fossil fuels but not for saving the planet.

BRYN BIRD (M), Stonehouse Farm, Drayton Lane, Drayton Bassett, Tamworth, B78 3EF

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