Sunday, 21 February 2010

Letter to the Kent on Sunday

Letter to the Kent on Sunday in reponse to Ian Taylor's article (below):

Dear Editor,

In last week's Kent on Sunday, Ian Taylor kindly points out a key difference between the Greens and all the other major parties, i.e. we don't think that building even more roads through our beautiful, but increasingly tarmaced county is the way to deal with congestion. It is quite clear that voters will have an easy choice on this issue in the General Election: new roads that will encourage even more car travel or smarter policies to encourage people to travel less by car.

Mr Taylor then goes on to talk about climate change, suggesting that there are lots of reports challenging climate change which haven't been published by peer reviewed journals. However he suggests that this is due to a world wide conspiracy that even the oil companies can't overcome. I would suggest that the reason they haven't been published is because the science in them is seriously flawed and the peer review process has worked in weeding them out.

There is an overwhelming weight of evidence supporting the fact that burning fossil fuels is having a massive impact on our climate. It is our duty to future generations to tackle the causes of climate change. We must not let them suffer climate change's dire consequences such as those that the people of Darfur and Bangladesh are already experiencing.

Yours sincerely

Stuart Jeffery
Green Party parliamentary candidate for Maidstone and the Weald

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