The article below has been lifted in its entirety from the free-to-download pdf of VERSO ECONOMICS. It blows the UK’s Policy on renewable Energy clean out of the water.
Quoting a report from the Caledonian Mercury: “Scotland has the potential to become the Saudi Arabia of renewables,” has been the oft-repeated message from the Scottish Government. Ministers have been adamant: Scotland is blessed to have so much wind coursing over its hills, so many waves pounding its shores and such strong tidal currents drawing between its islands.
But the “renewables bonanza”, predicted to bring 50,000 long-term jobs to Scotland and allow us to export electricity to the whole of Europe, never mind the rest of the UK, may not be quite as clear cut as has been forecast up until now.
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Again – quoting from the Caledonian Mercury: “The main author of the report is Richard Marsh. He is an elected fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a member of a Scottish Government expert group on Input-Output accounting and modelling.
He has worked for governments across Europe and the Middle East, economic development agencies, local authorities, multinational businesses, funding bodies and colleges and universities.
And, when Mr Marsh came to look at ways of predicting employment rates for renewables in the future, he used exactly the same modelling that the Scottish Government had used for its predictions of job losses from the VAT rise.
All of this will help add weight to his findings and head off the criticism which will inevitably come pouring down from the Scottish Government and the renewables industry.”
THE MOST DAMNING SECTION SAYS: “IN CONCLUSION, POLICY TO PROMOTE THE RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY SECTOR IN BOTH SCOTLAND & THE UK IS ECONOMICALLY DAMAGING. GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT SEE THIS AS AN ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, THEREFORE, BUT SHOULD FOCUS DEBATE INSTEAD ON WHETHER THESE COSTS, AND THE DAMAGE DONE TO THE ENVIRONMENT ARE WORTH THE CANDLE IN TERMS OF CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION.”
We must get this message out there to out politicians that this is totally and utterly unacceptable.