Future is nuclear

Chris Rainey (Opinion, September 12) dismisses those objections to the Atlantic Array and Severn Barrage, based on the effect that they would have on wildlife and in particular mammals, as frivolous and nothing to get hot under the collar about.

As he says, objections on the basis of scenic change are subjective – although many would argue that the scenic change involved for Lundy is not something that most in North Devon would dismiss lightly, something which Lundy in its opposition to the Array has noted. Lundy would also presumably agree that its effect on mammals is also not good news and is by no means subjective.

In the matter of its effect on mammals, he might care to look at other studies which have been done - in particular in Germany where off-shore turbines are far more common than here - and he will find that the effect on mammals is by no means dismissed as lightly as he does - with installations being halted.

He might care to look at the data collected by the UN agency ASCOBANS which exists for the international protection of cetaceans.

He makes the point of CO2 being produced in Siberia.

He may have noted a recent news item citing a crater in Siberia which has been left burning for many years - and probably giving off more CO2 than the combined car use in a year in the UK!

Against that, the Atlantic Array (and Severn Barrage) would really be a drop in the ocean!

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This country must make contingency plans for fuel, given the unfortunate reliance on oil from unstable areas and on fuel involving many deaths in its production.

Some wind turbines may form part of that but it must be obvious that the future lies in nuclear.

Lessons need to be learnt from the accidents that have already occurred and huge safety measures enforced, but to think of a future not involving it is to cancel all heating use leaving us with enough to boil a kettle occasionally using our local turbine.

To upset the ecology of the area surrounding Lundy by an installation such as the Atlantic Array does not make sense.

Much is currently written about the loss of the tigers’ habitat by humans encroaching on their territory, of the slaughter of elephants for the weird human desire for ivory and a similar slaughter of rhinos from a witch-doctorish belief in the magical properties of their horns.

Is that the sort of company North Devon wishes to keep in its approval of the destruction of wildlife for a short-term solution to how to heat badly-insulated and poorly-built houses? M Clarke


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