Letters, Saturday, May 19th, 2012

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Danish policy on renewable energy

IN response to Marjorie Matthews (Letters, May 14): With the greatest respect, may I offer these facts to help remedy some misconceptions?

The EU has set a target for the UK to supply 15 per cent of total energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Denmark aims to supply 35 per cent of its total energy from renewable sources by 2020, half of which will come from wind turbines. It has a target to supply 100 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2050.

The Danish minister for climate, energy and building, Martin Lidegaard, confirmed that parliament had agreed a new set of goals designed to wean the country off oil and gas.

The agreement reached in March 2012 will see Denmark once again as the global leader in the transition to green energy. Mr Lidegaard said: “This will prepare us for a future with increasing prices for oil and coal. Moreover, it will create some of the jobs that we need so desperately, now and in the coming years.”

These sentiments are consistent with The Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group’s proposals here in the UK, which are supported by the Green Party, to invest in sustainable industries such as renewable energy to create jobs now, while we prepare for a future in which energy will be vastly more expensive.

While it is true that Denmark has the highest domestic costs for energy within the EU, it is also a fact that they are second below Iceland, which holds the top place in the latest opinion poll for the National Happiness Index. Britain currently holds ninth place out of a total of 50 countries.

Allan Rowell, Wearside Friends of the Earth, The Green Party

Harsh on buskers

I THOUGHT that Mick “The Pen” Brown’s assessment of buskers was very harsh.

Yes, they are not qualified musicians and they do not wear dapper clothes, but this is not the point. They bring something different to a city centre. They are not really bothering anyone and normally do it because they are struggling. They only get a few coppers, so what is the problem?

I think it is ridiculous Mick “The Pen” suggesting that they take a music exam or that they should be banned from the city. What a complete waste of money!

I would point out to “The Pen” that our very own Dave Stewart once was a busker outside Marks and Spencer and he did okay, so give these folk a break.

Mrs J. Scott, Tunstall Road, Sunderland

Old and invisible

DENNIS, you’re a man after my own heart. When you’re old and the North East wind blows cold, nobody cares if you live or die.

However, every time I look in the mirror, I get a good laugh. I say: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of us all?” The mirror always replies: “Snow White and don’t you forget that Craggsy”.

Being invisible has its good points. Nobody sees you and you can just neb and have a good laugh at the antics of the youth as we did when we had hair and teeth. I now have a recount of the hair on my head and search high and low if I’ve lost one. However, like the weeds, it grows wild in other places.

I remember you, Dennis Gillon. You were a knight of the Wearside Round Table. What a handsome fellow! At our age, the days grow short and the nights get long, but “It was a night, Oh what a night it was, it really was”.

Little Billy Craggs the Clown

EU money drain

NEW French President Francois Hollande has a novel way to explain the problems we have in the EU. Problems such as massive public debt, employment law, costly welfare systems as well as the outrageous spending and perks for MEPs etc. He actually believes it is our fault because we treat the EU like a “self-service restaurant”.

We all know that we have been asked for more and more money to fund the expanding EU. It has been said that it costs us about £40million per day to be in the EU. Our annual contribution to the EU budget has reportedly gone up by more than £1billion to £16.6billion.

Germany is now asking us for money to help it out of its Euro mess. What if we do or don’t help them out? Is this just the beginning of more problems with Germany and Europe for us?

I knew building that Euro tunnel could turn out to be a massive mistake one day.

Philip Thompson, Sunderland

Thanks to voters

I WOULD like to thank the people who voted for me to be a councillor for Castle Ward.

I hope lots of you can get along to take part in the State of the Area meeting, to have your say about everything in our area east from the A19 to Seaburn.

The meeting starts at 6pm on Monday, May 28, at Castleview Academy.

Coun Denny Wilson, Castle Ward