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UK ENERGY minister Michael Fallon was at Hunterston in Ayrshire marking the start of the construction of the sub-sea electricity connector linking Scotland with the rest of the UK (your report, 8 March).

He claimed that an independent Scotland might not remain part of the UK’s single energy market. People have been pointing this out ever since the independence debate started, complaining that English consumers subsidise renewable energy projects in Scotland.

A Scottish Government spokesman parroted out the usual propaganda, saying: “The reality is that the rest of the UK will depend on Scotland’s renewables to keep the lights on.” The UK government has refused to commit to buying expensive renewable electricity from an independent Scotland when it can be sourced cheaper from the France, the Netherlands or Ireland.

The government spokesman also said that rUK would continue to need renewable electricity from Scotland to meet its green energy targets.

This spokesman is not keeping up to date as the majority of the world including China, the United States and Asia have never agreed to C02 reduction targets, while European leaders are now whispering that they want to scrap renewables and C02 reduction targets.

Clark Cross

Springfield Road

Linlithgow, West Lothian

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