THE global consumption of coal is expected to rise by 25 per cent by 2020, driven by growth in China and India.
China’s demand will alone propel the growth of coal as the dominant global fuel.
The US is exporting coal all over the world and Europe is by far the largest importer. Germany is building 27 coal plants as it shuts down nuclear reactors.
The rapidly expanding economies in the east are turning to coal since it is cheaper and far more reliable than oil or renewable energy sources.
None of these coal plants will be built with carbon capture and storage (CCS). So why is CCS a legal requirement for UK coal generators, despite the fact the technology does not yet exist on a commercial scale?
Despite the green zealots talking about carbon emissions and global warming, no-one is interested in their dubious disaster scenarios.
Time for politicians to ditch the Climate Change Act 2008 and useless wind turbines.
Clark Cross, Linlithgow