Brian Wilson: With more vision and less prejudice, Scotland could be leading the world as generator of carbon-free electricity in reality as well as unfulfilled headlines. Scotland had the ideal combination – nuclear baseload and massive potential for renewable energy. We have blown both. We could have remained massive exporters of electricity while providing thousands of well-paid jobs. But prejudice prevailed and Scotland turned its back on civil nuclear power. Many who now make a living from wailing about climate change preferred global warming to a balanced energy policy which included nuclear new-build. Some environmentalists understood the stupidity of that contradiction. They might not have liked nuclear, but they feared global warming. Such voices were drowned in the righteous clamour of “green” orthodoxy – and counter-productivity. Now we are world leaders in nothing. With an open door to renewables, the Scottish Government has certainly created jobs – in Germany, Denmark and Spain but precious few in Scotland. Last week, SSE confirmed all 103 turbines for its Shetland windfarm will be manufactured in Denmark and it hardly raised an eyebrow.
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