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I have no problem with the NCE editor coming out against future nuclear power build in the UK. He is a civil engineer, and like me, entitled to his own opinion - it just happens to be totally opposed to my own.

I do have a problem when he states (NCE Comment last week) that 'our [the engineering profession's] position is too often one dimensional and politically naive'. He does not speak for the profession. No single person does.

Civil engineers should be able to predict with useful accuracy the growth of electrical demand in the UK. They should be able to predict the likely energy savings associated with each unit of investment in energy efficiency. They should also be able to predict the safe reliance level we can place on, say, wind energy as a top-up to base load.

These and certain other issues should be the profession's input to government policymaking.

The rest is politics and it is wrong for 'the profession' to come down on any one side or claim to speak for me.

I am sure there are wholesome examples of politicised civil engineers - they just do not thankfully make the headlines that Antony Oliver appears to want them to.

John Moss (retired), moss.john@btinternet. com

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