The renewable energy sector could provide alternative employment for hundreds of people in Plymouth if the UK were to scrap its nuclear deterrent programme, it has been claimed. It’s estimated that the renewal of Trident – a fleet of four submarines capable of carrying nuclear weapons – will create or sustain about 1,500 jobs at Devonport, which is the UK’s sole refitting and defuelling site for all nuclear-powered submarines. A report commissioned by the Green Party suggests that if some of the money earmarked for the multi-billion pound project were to be invested in green projects, Devonport could manufacture materials required for renewable energy production, thus creating alternative jobs for Plymouth workers. But the claims have been fiercely criticised by Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer, who said jobs in the city were dependent on the renewal of Trident, and branded some suggestions made by the report “utterly farcical”.
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