Reader's letter: Demand still there
I agree with Mr Rose (Greener Alternative To Coal, News Views, March 11) that the questions on the effect of human activity on the planet are complex.
I strongly believe we should be economical in our use of Earth’s resources and that we should do our best not only to protect our species but also to preserve the fauna and flora.
But we should be pragmatic in our approach before taking action.
Preventing the use of Cumbrian coal will do nothing to prevent global pollution.
There is a current demand for coking coal and if Cumbria does not supply, it will be met by another country.
All my working life I have been involved with the design and manufacture of mass-production components that comprise almost entirely of steel.
Electric arc furnaces convert scrap iron and steel into reusable material.
To produce the necessary additional supplies of steel, iron ore needs carbon in the form of coke to create steel in a chemical process.
So, we must continue with the use of coke until developing technologies are proven not only in the laboratory but also in mass-production.
I imagine it will take several years to build and commission new mass-production plants. — R. Lawrence, Kneesall.