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WITH reference to the recent fracking protests and the usual rent-a-crowd demonstrations, there is insufficient evidence that long-lasting damage will be caused to the environment.
This was the same with the coal and tin mining industry, except more damage was inflicted on the working miner at the coalface from water, gas leaks, explosions and lung disease.
However, the fact remains that generations to come, including well-meaning protestors, will need affordable energy to heat their homes, for cooking and the use of their own transport – electric, petrol or gas.
When all the present avenues of fuel at our disposal are exhausted, will the same protestors voice their objections to nuclear energy while seated round their cave-dwelling camp fire?
I think not.
As with all demonstrations, the police once again have to step between the warring fractions to protect both sides, including the Green party MP, when the time spent would be better employed engaged in protecting the public at large.
Kenneth Bowker, Vesper Walk, Huntington, York.
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