Leonard Brookes, who has died aged 96, was chief economist with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) in the 1970s and a prominent advocate of nuclear energy. In later years, while continuing to champion nuclear power, he emerged as a “climate sceptic” who rejected the notion that climate change can necessarily be attributed to man’s use of fossil fuels. He gave evidence to a House of Lords Committee on the subject and in 2004 produced a detailed study showing the unsuitability of wind farms as elements in national electricity supply, arguing that wind energy had little relevance to a programme of reducing carbon emissions. He was probably best known, however, for his scepticism about the claimed benefits to energy conservation of measures to improve energy efficiency, his contention being that measures to raise energy efficiency at an individual, microeconomic level, go hand in hand with increases in energy consumption at a macroeconomic level.
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