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The Scottish Government’s moratorium on fracking raises the spectre of thousands of job losses, especially at the Ineos plant at Grangemouth (your report, 29 January). But the bad news does not end there.

The Scottish and UK governments foolishly enacted Climate Change Acts which legally bind them to reduce their emissions by eye-watering amounts. In order to do this, some devious thinking was involved.

The UK government is planning to phase out the use of gas for both cooking and heating our homes.

This fact has been deliberately withheld from the public, and presumably unions, and was hidden in the 244-page report from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The DECC proposes that within five years there will be the start of a wholesale switch away from gas and other fossil fuels to wind electricity.

Why has this stupidity not been challenged in parliament?

This legislation will bring mass unemployment to the tens-of-thousands who work in the gas, oil and coal industries.

Unions must unite and demand that this stupid legislation is stopped or they will invoke nationwide strikes.

Clark Cross

Springfield Road

Linlithgow

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