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Carbon paper


I always thought that the purpose of the Renewables Obligation was to reduce carbon emissions and thus combat global warming.

I was therefore shocked to read (NCE 27 July) that 41% of England's renewable energy will be derived from biomass and co-generation, and most of the rest from landll gas. None of these reduce carbon emissions one jot, unless combined with untried new technologies such as carbon sequestration.

Green organisations are urging us to buy wood-burning stoves to save the planet. This retrograde technology may be useful in low-density rural communities, but will not solve urban England's power crisis.

Nor will it have any benecial impact on global warming.

They are kidding themselves and so are the government.

Donald Holliday, 1 Lane Head, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 2DW

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