Plant is not green

Scotland’s largest biomass power plant has, inconceivably, been granted planning permission by the Scottish Government despite huge opposition (your report, 4 June).

The plant at the Port of Grangemouth will burn more than a million tonnes of trees every year and they will be ­imported from America. The carbon footprint from the destruction of the trees and shipping will be horrendous.

For every tree cut down a new one will take 20 years to grow.

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What is “green” about this ­biomass plant? Dr Richard Dixon, of Friends of Earth and formerly with WWF, has said: “This decision reveals major confusion within the Scottish Government who previously set out clear strong reasons not to use biomass for large-scale projects.”

For the first time ever I agree with Dr Dixon.

Clark Cross

Springfield Road