YEP Letters: November 27

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Global warming is an opinion or belief, not a fact. Despite what P Lloyd (Your Views, November 24) claims, it is not proven by scientific methods.

In 1970, these environmental “scientists” were predicting a mini ice age. They changed their minds less than 20 years later – so much for scientific methods.

Calling these people scientists is insulting to the genuine scientists that P Lloyd refers to.

His comment that “93 per cent of scientists say that global warming and climate change are happening” is pure fantasy and probably refers to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, where many of the contributors are not scientists at all, but are simply “interested parties”.

The primary greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere are water vapour, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and ozone.

Water vapour is the major greenhouse gas, not CO2, but what is (or can be) done about that? We make it worse by mandating condensing boilers.

Some green enthusiasts have strange ideas on how to cut down on CO2 – they burn wood in stoves. Wood and coal are the worst things for creating CO2.

P Lloyd advocates renewable energy, but I prefer to have reliable electricity 24/7.

Renewable energy will only do this in countries like Norway, where the population is low compared with the renewable energy sources.

I make this challenge to all green advocates: disconnect yourselves from the National Grid (which is powered by non-eco-friendly fuels) and connect yourselves to a grid powered solely by renewable energy, and see how long you can live your modern lifestyle. Probably about five minutes when you can no longer charge up your mobile phone.

Much of the climate change debate is driven by big business (who want to make a killing) and those within the climate change community to whom it means a nice steady job doing a lot of scaremongering.

I am not a climate change denier, but I believe that any change in global temperature (none for the last 10 years) is due more to the sun rather than the actions of mankind.

Phillip Marsden, Leeds

Funny way to treat Farage...

I read with great interest Jayne Dawson’s attempted character assassination of Nigel Farage (YEP, November 26) and must admit it was quite amusing – in an unhealthily biased and uninformed way.

I’m willing to bet that she hasn’t met him one to one, and so her opinions are immediately less relevant than those of us who have.

Yes, he was privately educated but he left school at 16 to make tea and coffee in a City firm where he worked his way up by putting in long hours, is that so wrong? And you seem to have left out what he traded in –low value metals like tin and copper – not the man pushing “imaginary money around” in the banking industry, is it?

What he has is something that neither Jayne nor the other party leaders seem to have, and that is an understanding that he doesn’t know everything.

He openly admits that his life is different to mine and others like me, and that is exactly why local referenda are important to our party.

It is also why we value and understand the importance of placing candidates in an area of which they have personal knowledge and experience – again that’s something the other parties seem loathe to do.

Labour in Leeds seem to average only one third of councillors living within their ward boundaries so that constituents never have proper access to them.

He is a man of the people because he understands that we are all fed up with being governed by politicians who never worked, who are carbon copies of each other and most of all who refuse to listen to what the electorate tell them.

Farage listens and doesn’t treat us all as ignorant bigots because we at the bottom feel no benefit from mass migration and then have the audacity to say so.

I will be happy for you to come to Middleton or Belle Isle and show me how my life or my children’s prospects have improved by voting for the same people over and over again, and explaining to me what is wrong with a man standing up for people who are different to himself.

Craig Sweaton, Chairman, Ukip West Leeds and Pudsey

... article was right on button

I would like to thank Jayne Dawson for a wonderful piece on Nigel Farage. Well written, well researched, an excellent argument and uplifting to read on this miserable day.

I went to the same school as Farage – Dulwich College – but as a scholarship boy. Recently I did a bucket list “tick” and went to a Founder’s Day celebration, having never gone since leaving in 1960.

To my horror Farage was not only there but came and sat next to me at a music concert.

I noticed that nobody spoke to him as he showed himself round the grounds – not at least when I saw him – and a few made disparaging remarks.

And to answer your Callback question, no, I will not be voting for him next May.

Mike McGrath, Chapel Allerton

Plenty spent on 20mph signs

I wish to endorse and support the chorus of public protest concerning Leeds City Council’s 20mph traffic signage policy (YEP, November 20).

This is in the process of being implemented across 120 suburban zones of the city at a cost of £6m over the next six years.

Here in West Garforth we have already undergone the process, with the entire community blanketed by 20mph signs.

On the Grange estate alone, 29 signs have been installed on lamp-posts – these are double-sided signs.

So in effect 58 “public warnings” have been imposed on the benighted citizens of this quiet residential suburb, blighting the urban landscape.

Like many private estates built since the war, Grange’s road system comprises narrow, winding roads with many T-junctions, culs de sac and parked vehicles, where it is difficult to achieve (never mind exceed) 20mph.

The estate is accessed by two roads leading on to public highways.

Would it not have been more cost-effective to place a 20mph sign at each of the ingress junctions?

Not to mention displaying a degree of common sense which appears to be totally lacking in bureaucratic proposals and executive decisions?

I estimate the cost of 39 signs and installation on this one estate at around £70 per unit, totalling £2,730.

The cost could and should have been £140.

Perhaps a responsible council official (if such a person exists) could enlighten us on the rationale behind this profligacy?

Vernon Wood, Garforth

Foggy is clearly a sporting great

Having just read the letter from Jon Schofield on I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! (Your Views, November 25) all I can say is if you’ve never heard of Carl Fogarty you obviously must be some sort of boring bookworm that has never played any form of sport whatsoever.

“Foggy” is the most successful motorcycle rider this country has ever had.

World Super Bike Champion six times, four times Isle of Man TT winner.

Get a life, mate!

Terry Rafferty, Bramley

Cushy number

The other day I saw a job vacancy for an MP.

It said: no qualifications or experience required. Must be able to bray like a donkey. Large salary and long holidays. Free second home and an expense account to die for.

I am seriously thinking of coming out of retirement and applying for it.

Mel Smart, Farsley

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