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Legacy of coal policy
APPARENTLY in the next few years we are at risk of power cuts due to the closing of coal-fired power stations.
Margaret Thatcher spearheaded the Conservative Government’s slaughter of the British coal industry, leaving the country dependent on imports and limited gas supplies.
With hundreds of years of coal reserves under our British feet, a more wanton case of industrial vandalism would be hard to find, purely to privatise a once mighty industry.
Yet another chicken comes home to roost on the failed privatisation bankers’ money merry-go-round.
B Clark, Vice-president, York & District Trades Union Council (TUC).
• WE have seen the debate about the siting of the waste incinerator at Allerton going on for months now.
I think a better site would be next to one of the power stations. We have Eggborough, Ferrybridge and Drax all nearby, all heating up water to drive turbines to produce electricity.
Why not use the heat generated by incineration to help in the production of electricity?
These sites are also well capable of handling rail traffic in and out of their sites, which would satisfy the Allerton protestors.
Stuart Wilson, Vesper Drive, Acomb, York.
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