A STUDY by environmental groups says that none of the Scottish councils
that have declared a climate emergency has stopped investing its pension
funds in fossil fuel (“Councils invest millions in fossil fuel firms
despite climate fears”, The Herald, February 23).
These environmental groups tell us that renewables such as wind turbines
can replace fossil fuel, but how do they propose that the raw materials
needed for them are to be extracted from the ground without diesel-powered
machinery? How will these materials be transported across the seas without
oil-powered ships? How will the necessary steel be produced without using
coking coal? How will turbine blades be made without fossil fuel products?
How will finished turbine parts and transmission cables be transported and
erected without diesel-powered trucks and cranes?