WHAT has happened to the logically-thinking British? Where have they gone? I suppose you have only to observe the calibre of reality show contestants and phone-in audiences to realise how gullible Joe Public is these days. This makes the guy who thought o

WHAT has happened to the logically-thinking British? Where have they gone? I suppose you have only to observe the calibre of reality show contestants and phone-in audiences to realise how gullible Joe Public is these days.

This makes the guy who thought of green issues a real genius - a very profitable bandwagon for a few, which the majority are going to have to pay for, and we are being conned at every turn.

Presumably, like me, most people have received the latest issue of District Wide [the Huntingdonshire District Council publication]. A cursory glance at the recycling section reveals that, after having spent ages separating all my refuse (saves the council a job, but they don't pay me to do it) in the majority of categories it is exported to Holland, Germany, India, Indonesia and China.

Can I ask how much fossil fuel is used and how much CO2 is emitted to get it there? I suspect rather a lot.

We know that the bottom has fallen out of the waste market, so one assumes China can purchase our waste at £1 per tonne, make shed-loads of televisions out of it and then flog these back to us at £500 a pop. Brilliant - it's not surprising that their economy will probably be a bit better than ours in the long run.

As long as the rubbish is in someone else's back yard, rather than ours, everything will be all right. Can anyone remember the fridge-freezer mountain? As they contained environment-harming materials, which could not be taken to the refuse dump, there were warehouses and stockyards nationwide full of the things. Exactly the same thing will happen with the battery from your super-eco-friendly car. And you are likely to have to re-mortgage the house to pay for a replacement and dispose of the old one.

As far as I am aware, most modern battery components, such as cadmium, lithium, mercury etc, are not particularly friendly and would harm a fish 100 miles away. Thus, disposal on an industrial scale may be a tad difficult. It might transpire that disposal of nuclear fuel is easier. Nuclear-powered cars, anyone?

I am slowly losing the will to live. My energy company has just sent me five pages of paper encouraging me to pay by direct debit - as this uses less paper.

Whitehall is just as bad at promoting the planet-saving nonsense. In the interest of technology they will switch off your analogue signal and replace it with a digital one. A lot of equipment can't be converted, so it will have to be dumped and replaced.

My existing TV uses 80 Watts of power. An equivalent-size digital model will use 100-110 Watts, or you can add another set-top box that will use a lot more power.

There are proposals to get legislation introduced whereby we all drive with our headlights on, as the Swedes do. Unfortunately, two factors have been overlooked - because of their location on the globe, there is a slight difference in the hours of daylight and darkness, and the Swedes are inherently better drivers, probably because their winters last longer.

Having lights permanently on will use more fuel. That bit extra multiplied by 50 million cars equals considerably more fossil fuel consumed and CO2 generated.

M C HAINES

St Audrey Lane

St Ives