Climate Change and Green Taxes

(Letter to the South Wales Evening Post)

As with most climate change deniers, Gordon Triggs (Have Your Say, Friday 29 June) is very selective with his use of “evidence”.

Dr Chris Landsea is a meteorologist, not a “climatologist” – similar but not the same. The remark quoted by Mr Triggs related specifically to the effect of global warming on hurricane strength. Dr Landsea has argued, “global warming might be enhancing hurricane winds, but only by 1 percent or 2 percent”. This is more an acceptance of global warming than a denial.

Dr Landsea withdrew from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) due to political differences, not because he doesn’t believe in global warming.

Far from being a “faith”, acceptance of global warming is based on solid and overwhelming evidence. Evidence that is accepted by the vast majority of the world scientific community.

In response to the specific challenge in Mr Triggs letter, there are no accurate figures available for the cost of storing nuclear waste in the UK. Some estimate of costs is contained in the annual reports of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), but even they admit to “a significant degree of inherent uncertainty in the future cost estimates”.

Whatever the cost, it will have to be paid for by the taxpayer, and how it that to be done if not through “green” taxes?

Mr Triggs’ estimate of the cost of green taxes comes to around £18 billion a year. Small change when compared with the £70 billion per year lost to the UK economy through illegal tax evasion.

It’s a price worth paying to ensure that future generations have a clean, safe and sustainable world to live in.


Keith M Ross
Swansea Green Party


One response to this post.

  1. Slightly edited version of my letter appeared in today’s Evening Post (final sentence removed).


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