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  • "Sally, I couldn't agree with you more with regard to development on the green belt, especially when York has so many brown field sites awaiting development.
    However, as soon as you mention this invisible carbon footprint, your argument disintegrated.
    The green belt needs protecting from any kind of development and that includes giant wind turbines. Once it has been destroyed you are not likely to get it back. We are making lots more people but no more land.
    Carbon footprints are a distraction as a part of UK / EU self destruction.
    USA, China, India, Canada, Russia and I believe Japan are not signed up to the latest Kyoto treaty.
    So, what was all that carbon footprint to Doha last Month all about then, including all those that went in the December's before.
    Hot air perhaps or a Jolly for the warmers?"
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With honours?

First published in Letters by

AFTER trying to avoid the news over Christmas, I was greeted on opening The Press on Saturday with the fact that vice-chancellor Brian Cantor is to get a CBE for leading the University of York through a “dynamic period of growth”.

That dynamic period could be adding to the carbon footprint, adding to energy usage and adding to pollution.

How do these people sleep at night; how do they get nominated for destroying the beautiful Yorkshire countryside?

Such a pity he was not more dynamic in encouraging the development on brown-field sites, providing jobs where jobs used to be and all the while saving the environment.

Sally Hawkswell, Heslington, York.

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