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Let's raise the stakes in global warming debate

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Great to know that you are prepared to stand up for rational debate about the orthodoxy of global warming (AJ 29.5.03). It is depressing how few people are prepared to stick their heads above the parapet and question the assumptions of the new green correctness.

I have found that the test to discover if one is debating with the deaf is to ask what rate of return on green expenditure they would accept. The 'it does not have to cost any more' or 'how can you put a cost to life' response are clear messages to change the subject!

The debate is important, even if only because so many people think it is. However, we need to get it past the religious zeal stage (that admittedly has been crucial in bringing it to the table) and on to an intelligent level. Austin Williams' article brought home to me how easy it is for government to leap on the bandwagon, rather than to lead.

Money is a critical component in all building decisions. It is a simple, universally understood and comparable measure which non-experts use every day to make their own decisions. It could even be called democratic.

Dale Jennings, director, ORMS

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