Response to letter from Roy Fletcher ('The plank in the eye', Letters, March 2016, p. 4) in which he says: "I consider fossil fuels to be a gift to humanity". Van der Kamp writes: "He make an important point, but let's think a bit further about the use of gifts, Alcohol could be thought of as a gift. I like a glass of cold beer on a summer's evening. The church uses wine in its central ritual. But used in excess, alcohol can become a curse. Fossil fuel has been good for humanity. Fossil fuel heats my family's home and allows us to drive our cars. But used carelessly and in excess, it can do much damage". "It could be that much of the known reserves of coal and oil and gas will have to be left in place for a long time to come. We have to be willing to assist people and communities who depend on the fossil fuel industry and are anxious because jobs are disappearing and may not come back".