Having covered Making Scotland GMO Free
and make Scotland a 100% Organic Country as part of our vision, I can now focus
on our third and final vision for the country; Make Scotland produce 100% of
its energy requirements through renewables.
Is this possible you may ask? Yes!
It is, as long as so called experts and professionals working in the oil
companies are not sitting on government funded boards and institutions that are
in charge of energy security of the nation. We have to move away from fossil
fuels if we have to survive into the next century. Climate change is real and
if we don’t reverse our current habits and lifestyles then there is no chance
of survival for our species on this planet.
We currently know of at least 7
forms of renewable sources of energy; Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Hydroelectric,
Ocean thermal energy, Bio energy and Hydrogen. Scotland is well placed
geographically on these islands to be in a position to produce renewables
through all the above clean energy sources including Solar!
Scotland got more than two-thirds
(68.1 per cent) of its electricity from green sources in 2017, an increase of
26 per cent from the previous year! Its not rocket science. We can achieve our
target so long as we pour money into research and development, training,
manufacturing and other industries connected to the renewable sector. We could
be a nation that leads by example and provide our expertise to other countries
to help support them make the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.
The Scottish government is aiming to
generate the equivalent of 100 per cent of Scotland’s gross annual electricity
consumption by 2020. Scotland has already met the 2015, 50% interim target and
is also looking to provide the equivalent of 11 per cent of Scotland’s heat
demand by 2020 through renewable sources.
Many of us are not aware that
governments across the globe still provide massive subsidies to major oil
companies and these are normally in the form of tax rebates/exemptions and tax
credits for job creation! The whole of the UK could have benefited when oil was
first discovered in the North Sea but alas, vested interests both in government
and corporations squandered the wealth of the nation on the few. If the UK had
followed Norway’s lead, we would probably be sitting on a similar $1 trillion
sovereign wealth fund generated through oil alone. But unfortunately we cannot
do anything about it now but hopefully hold those responsible at Westminster
and stop them repeating the same mistake twice.
Local councils across this country should be given incentives to promote and encourage green energy usage, with households getting rebates on their council tax bills as one option. Low incomes households should be supported with this scheme otherwise they will be penalised just as they are now through our unfair current council tax bands and prepayment meters, while the well-off will reap the tax benefits once again!