Leah Gunn Barrett
Unionists Ian Murray MP and Alex Cole Hamilton MSP are frantically trying to talk down Scotland’s offshore wind potential to deter inward investment into Scotland.
They dispute the oft-repeated statistic that Scotland has 25% of Europe’s offshore wind potential. So naturally they don’t want people to know that this is an underestimate. An EU Commission report reveals that based on current projected installation capacity, Scotland is on course to deliver nearly half of Europe’s offshore grid supply by 2035. This represents over 55% of the entire offshore grid potential in the Mediterranean Basin.
Unionists are in a panic because they know if the truth were widely known, their hollow arguments that Scotland can’t prosper outside the UK would literally be blown away. With Scotland’s natural resources owned by the Scottish people, not Westminster, Scotland could lead the world in offshore wind energy production.
Downplaying Scotland’s renewables wealth mirrors the UK Government’s suppression of the 1970s McCrone Report, which revealed Scotland’s vast North Sea oil and gas potential. The UK plundered Scotland’s oil and gas, squandering it on tax cuts and the mass privatisation of energy, while nearby Norway used their energy bounty to create a Sovereign Wealth Fund for their people which is today worth over $1 trillion.
It’s beyond absurd that Scots are fuel poor when surrounded by energy riches. The second great rip-off has started. Scotwind was vastly undersold and Scottish renewables are being cabled to England with no compensation for the Scottish people. To end this exploitation, we must end this union.