Scotland’s Green Dream Subsidized By England & Wales

Energy bill payers in England and Wales are subsidizing Alec Salmond's Green Dream.

Energy bill payers in England and Wales are subsidizing Alec Salmond’s Green Dream of 100% renewable energy for Scotland by 2020

Scotland is due to hold a referendum on independence from the rest of the United Kingdom in the fall of 2014, the result of which has got the Greens and crony capitalists very worried, because it transpires that the vast majority of the Green subsidies on energy bills for Scottish renewables comes from south of the border.

Scotland’s First Minister Alec Salmond’s plan for 100% renewables for Scotland by 2020 would be doomed if the Scottish people vote for independence, because Scotland alone cannot afford the Green stupidity of Alec Salmond.

Energy specialists from 4 universities are warning Salmond of the Green consequences if Scotland decides to become fully independent:

The group of energy specialists from four universities across the UK argues that an independent Scotland would have to fund far more of the billions needed to subsidise renewable energy such as offshore windfarms and wave and tidal devices on its own, because it would lose significant financial support from consumers across the UK.

Since devolution Scotland has a great deal of autonomy, the much touted plans for Scotland’s renewable energy program never mentions that they are funded by energy bill payers in England and Wales, who are forced to pay for one man’s belief in Climate Religion, and in a devolved country at that.

No one in England and Wales voted for Salmond and the Scottish National Party,  it therefore follows that they should not have to pay for Scottish Energy Policy.

“This is because, in practice, funding a significant expansion of Scottish-based off-shore renewables under independence would lead to considerable increases in Scottish electricity prices, something that a Scottish government would find hard to sustain politically.”

Priceless, utterly priceless, yes literally, as the situation currently is Salmond,  can pursue his Green foolishness with no political backlash in Scotland because the Scottish Green Dream is funded by people who cannot vote in Scottish elections.

“The Scottish government believes the current, integrated GB electricity market should continue post-independence, as it’s in our mutual interests. Given Scotland’s vast renewable resources, with independence, it will be in the rest of the UK’s overwhelming interests to ensure support arrangements are in place to secure Scottish renewable energy.

An independent Scotland would still be there, grasping hand outstretched for Green subsidies from England and Wales, so Salmond can pursue the folly of his Green tokenism.

There there is that other deeply inconvenient truth to deal with, the study by Professor Gordon Hughes of the University of Edinburgh, one of Britain’s leading energy and environmental economists, that proves the service life of a wind turbine is only half that of the quoted life.

So not only are Scottish renewables more expensive to develop than they are in England, Wales and Ireland, the entire stock of wind turbines will wear out 50% sooner than expected, pushing the cost of renewable energy still higher.

No prizes for guessing correctly who will pick up the bill for Salmond’s Green folly.

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About Tory Aardvark

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Posted on February 11, 2013, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climate Change, Green Lies, Renewables, Wealth Redistribution, Wind Power and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I really shouldn’t moan too much about wind farms in Scotland but building them is just about the only thing keeping our local cement works alive, 5 trains a week at perhaps 1,000 tonnes a shot. Its just a pity that our local economy lost the road haulage it used to take, perhaps 30 jobs lost and now the cement works only works part time, splitting production with a plant in North Wales so intermittent clinker haulage 80 miles @ a tenner a tonne, but no new jobs. The limestone from Clitheroe allegedly makes the strongest cement in the world especially if mixed with the Chatburn blue stone no longer sold as dry stone or the permanently black tarmac, once allowed for the roads, has to be metamorphic gritstone now. Its wasted on wind farms when you can build stuff like the Olympic stadium with it Fairclough’s used to use it for their bridge beams. Almost a case to shut it down now and use the weaker stuff from Padeswood to waste on wind farms, however they can’t shut one to mothball as they would lose all their EU Carbon Credits permanently so too costly to reopen when the UK economy picks up, which it wont until they repeal the 2008 Climate Change Act !

  2. The Scots will NEVER vote for independence. They know and we know that the only that they can survive is from the English handouts. They would never have the balls to go it alone, after all, just what have they got to offer the world? Haggis, cold, impenetrable accents and a few golf courses.

    • fresh water, that you want all the time during one off your hose pipe ban’s, whisky, food, what are you people going to do when your nuclear power stations come off line that don’t even work at full capacity????

  3. hello ,The Scots will NEVER vote for independence. They know and we know that the only that they can survive is from the English handouts. They would never have the balls to go it alone, after all, just what have they got to offer the world? Haggis, cold, impenetrable accents and a few golf courses.

  4. classic what utter lie’s have you nothing to do with your time instead off some lie

  5. HA HA HA HA SUPERB!!!! SCOTLAND IS THE RENEWABLE ENERGY POWER HOUSE OF EUROPE!!!! AND THATS WITHOUT FUNDING FROM ENGLAND OR THE WELSH THATS FOR SURE

    CLASSIC. YOU COULDN’T MAKE THIS PATTER UP

  6. Kingdom of Fife

    26% electricity surplus and not even finished the program, nevermind i will keep you in touch with our renewable energy success, with out YOUR SO CALLED FUNDING LOL

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