Letter: Do we need all that oil, or do we only want to waste it?

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From Dr Simon Powles

Sir: At least 50,000 tonnes of oil spilled from the Sea Empress will soon be spread around the South Wales coastline: a vast amount indeed. If burnt in a power station this would produce around 100 million units (kilowatt hours) of electricity - not to mention a huge amount of air pollution.

For comparison, three small wind farms of 20 turbines could produce this power every year safely and efficiently, with no possible pollution at all and no danger. Renewable energy using wind, water and sun, is the only safe, clean and sustainable way of providing the power we all need indefinitely into the future.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Powles

Burry Port, Dyfed