Letter: Save your energy

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Your predictions of a business energy tax ("Industry rages at pounds 2bn tax on energy", 23 October) inevitably caused an outbreak of hot air emissions from the fossil fuel industry.

These huffings and puffings should not be allowed to suffocate the birth of a new renewable energy industry which promises not only protection for the climate but also jobs for Britain.

In this respect, your article's reference to the Institute for Public Policy Research's "Blueprint for a Business Energy Tax" might also have mentioned their excellent recommendations that "Relief against energy tax could also be given for new investments in renewable energy projects". Such support for new industries that promise ecological modernisation would be a welcome change from the traditional government support for fossil fuel dinosaurs.

This support continues despite the fact that we have already discovered far more fossil fuels than can be burnt without dangerous climate change.

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