Scottish Power has become the first major energy supplier in the UK to generate all of its output from renewable energy sources.
That is quite an achievement and the company is now working on plans to develop huge batteries to store energy for later use.
This could be the future path for the UK. Maybe a zero emissions policy will be at the forefront of change in the UK. Electric vehicles powered by energy from wind power could be a realistic option. It is certainly a fact that the cost of renewable energy has fallen by 70% in the past few years.
We are a small country and the UK could take the lead in technological advances, but, that will only happen if there is “necessity”. After all, “necessity is the mother of invention”. In 2008, the UK suffered a “credit crunch”. Small firms all over the UK, there are 5.7 MILLION of them by the way, were told to pay off their overdrafts immediately. Loans could not be obtained. I know very few people, yet even I knew, personally, four people directly affected. Some were laid off, some were working three day weeks. There were literally millions of people affected and the country has barely recovered ten years later.
People who suggest leaving the EU will be worse than that are simply not telling the truth. THAT is a unicorn if ever such a thing existed.
Leaving the EU “cleanly” will mean the UK has to make it in the worldwide economy and we certainly have the means to do so. We just don’t need to. The UK is content with manufacturing millions of fossil fuel powered engines every year. The economy relies on the creation of low paid, low skill jobs. This is a recipe for disaster, when millions of people rely on the Government for regular payments in the form of state pensions, housing benefits and tax credits.
Austerity is killing our country, so, we either start to earn more or learn to live with poverty.
We need the creation of high tech jobs, and an immigration policy which favours the highly qualified. Whatever we do, we need to change direction and fast.