Brian Archer (NCE 14/28 December) should not need reminding that it was the UK that started the industrial revolution, which was based largely on cheap fossil fuel.
It is not at all surprising that the rest of the world wishes to reap similar benets.
Although the UK may only be producing 2% of today's CO 2 emissions, with our past contributions it is clear that we have used far more than an equitable share of fossil fuels and we continue to do so.
Unless we can wean ourselves off this source of relatively cheap energy then why should the developing world even try to do so?
There is plenty of scope for much improved energy efciency with today's technology - and at an affordable cost.
What we need is leadership to take us, and the world, forward. And since our politicians seem incapable, then it is up to us as engineers to force the pace.
We will then be able - in a position of authority and experience - to lead the world to a more sustainable energy future and to at least ameliorate future climate change. Let us all do our bit to start the ball rolling.
Colin Sherwood (M), York YO30 6BJ