I refer to Ashley Higman's response (NCE 16 December) to Antony Oliver's environmental editorial of 4 November. While I do not agree with every word in the editorial the general principles are sound.
The yperventilated, tunnel-visioned response by Mr Higman tends to confirm the common view of 'small minded, moralising luddite' environmentalists. Far from being 'enlightened' Mr Higman gives the impression of a narrow-minded bigot who condemns out of hand anyone who does not agree with his view.
A little more attention to the desirable, practical and achievable aspects of planet management may make 'environmentalists' a little more credible and a little more attention to engineers will make things a lot more achievable.
John Thornton, highways works manager, Derbyshire County Council, john. firstname.lastname@example.org. uk