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IS it time for a reality check on the energy wars which seem to fill your letters pages? Let me start by declaring an interest, or rather several.

I don’t want to live next door to a nuclear power station, I’m not into hugging wind turbines and I don’t live near one. I’m not sure I’d get as rabid as some of the letters if there was a turbine planned near my house, but who knows?

Anyway, last week’s star letter goes to a pair of folks who denounce wind turbines as unChristian.

Among the unChristian characteristics of these developments is the fact they’re built by – get this – foreigners.

Well, that’s a mighty fine Christian sentiment.

This devout couple have also done their research on concrete and rare-earth extraction in China and concluded it’s all bad.

Therefore, I can only assume they don’t use a computer or any other electronic equipment, don’t live in a house and don’t travel except by foot. Otherwise, I’d have to conclude they were hypocrites. And that conclusion would make me as unChristian as they are.

Meanwhile, Alan Castle says there’s a lot of hope for solar, having previously denounced wind for needing subsidies and being intermittent.

Let’s get round to Alan’s garden – the sun’s always shining there. And has he noticed all those subsidies for solar on your roof?

Some of the adverts were in his own paper. Besides, you’d need a minimum of something like 10,000sq m of panel to replace one turbine.

People complained about big solar installations like this in Cornwall. Lots of them were the same people who complained about wind turbines. The same people will be complaining when they don’t have electricity coming out of their sockets too.

But I declared my interest.

Here’s my radical proposal. We need a bit of everything. We need some nuclear (like Ray Farnsworth says), we need some solar (like the Venerable Castle says), we need some wind (like Bridget Gubbins’ and David Farrar’s letters state).

We don’t need people who complain about every proposal and still expect their energy to be really cheap, we don’t need people who want the government to ‘do something’ about climate change which won’t cause them any inconvenience and we don’t need people who use bogus religious pretensions to justify their positions.

And you know the funny thing about this radical proposal? It’s exactly what the government is doing.

Let’s talk about something else for a change. How about Beadnell?

Russell Pope,

Chapel Lands,

Alnwick