UK Shipyards to TurbineYards
The "Spirit of Ireland" proposal may in essence not have been too soundly based a proposition. However, it was at least imaginative and provoked some fresh thinking -we could do with a bit of fresh thinking in Ireland right now!! Is there anyone in our gobshite parliament thinking this way?
Fresh Thinking in the UK
The UK’s Lib Dem party asserts that 57,000 jobs could be created in renewable energy. They outlined the scandal that 90% of the £1.75bn contract for a wind farm off the Kent coast was going to foreign companies.
They intend to offer £400m in grants to convert shipyards into wind turbine factories. It is hoped that seven shipyards could be converted in the bid, and cities including Liverpool, Newcastle, Hull, Middlesbrough, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Glasgow would be expected to apply for the grants.
Spending on R&D and Training
A further investment of £100m would be invested in R&D, training and testing facilities. Included in the drive would be several universities with specialist engineering research units.
“ Expanding off-shore wind will create jobs but unless we act now, these jobs won't be British jobs ” Nick Clegg
The Lib Dem party says it would spend £3.6bn within one year to create jobs and build up infrastructure.
the Lib Dem party says 12,000 jobs would be created in developing the ports and 45,000 in manufacturing, constructing and supplying the turbines.
In the UK the economy and the environment will be major issues in future elections. I guess in Ireland it will be no different. Will the Celtic pussycat ever wake up in time to benefit?