All SNP voters , friends and aquaintances should be asking themselves how on earth an SNP energy policy that will require's our own Electricity supply needs to be imported from England can honestly be acceptable ? The SNP have sold Scotlands Power Stations and Scotlands Power workers down the river and I hope people in those Working communities wake up and hold them responsible for it at the Ballot box. This is not Westminsters fault at all , the whole blame lies firmly and steadfastly with the SNP's failure to have provided a realistic Electricity supply policy and hold Iberdola to account. Yet its only excuse it to try to blame Westminster...pitiful !!
Consider the scenario. A multinational company which bought into a great Scottish industry has betrayed its promises, is about to prematurely close one plant with the loss of 270 quality jobs and renege on construction of another, thereby turning Scotland into a large-scale importer of a commodity of which it has long been a substantial exporter.
I can think of no previous occasion on which, in such circumstances, a Scottish minister of any political colour would not be fighting to reverse these decisions; using the levers of government to achieve that outcome; and would be taking to the airwaves only in order to challenge the morality and legitimacy of what was being done......... "
" A large part of Iberdrola’s UK customer base is in the north-west of England and north Wales, as a result of Scottish Power having bought Manweb in 1995. They also have extensive generation interests in these areas – and therein lies another aspect of this sorry tale. Iberdrola are investing in the Western Link sub-sea cable between Hunterston and Holyhead. For Scottish consumption, this was presented as a means of exporting Scottish renewables.
For other audiences, the story is reversed. The Western Link will be capable of importing 3.9 gigawatts of power into Scotland, equating to 70 per cent of maximum winter demand. With Longannet and Cockenzie closed, not to mention Hunterston and Torness thereafter, Scotland will become massively dependent on electricity produced in England from coal, gas and nuclear power. What a triumph for Scottish Nationalism.
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SCOTLAND will become dependent on energy imported from England unless it can move away from "emotional and politically motivated" rows over wind farms, nuclear power and fracking, one of the country's leading engineers has warned.
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Worst of all is the ridiculous situation where this failure actually means that Scotland in the future will actually be reliant on importing Electricity from England at the same time as the SNP continues to try engineer its own maniputive clandestine escape from what it likes to call the "emperial powers" that it will actually have to rely on for its own energy supplies due to its own incompetant failures in Government ....don't Nationalist voters have anything so say on that or does the SNP Cults following now merely bow and acquiesce to their SNP false idols ?
Perhaps the Proclaimers need to re-write the words " Longannet No More, Cockenzie No more" into the lyrics of "Letter from America " before SNP voters start to wake up to how the SNP are directly to blame for killing off once proud Scottish Industrial Infrastructure through its acquiescence to "Big Business" ?
SEE this LINK for the truth of SNP's own statement on how it wanted the RUK government to adopt the SNP's OWN more stringent Powers Station destroying Carbon targets.
The UK could adopt a new set of climate targets in line with Scotland's current emissions and clean energy goals targets, if the SNP holds the balance of power during the next parliament.
The nationalist party today published its manifesto, which promises to use its influence on a future UK government to ensure the rest of the country matches and supports Scotland's goal of cutting CO2 emissions 42 per cent on 1990 levels by the end of the decade, en route to an 80 per cent reduction by 2050. The loss of Longannet and no promised replacement for Cockenzie is the fault of the SNP and the SNP alone.
How the SNP's Green Policies Sealed Longannets fate : In a brazen-necked performance in the Scottish Parliament, SNP Energy Minister Fergus Ewing (pictured) told us that the closure was principally due to National Grid’s transmission charging regime, which penalised Scottish producers.... See.... http://www.thinkscotland.org/thinkpolitics/articles.html?read_full=12796&article=www.thinkscotland.org
SNP’s hypocrisy on Longannet closure ‘shameless’. "Scotland’s energy minister has been criticised for his “hypocrisy” over why the Longannet power station in Fife is set to close.
“It was utterly predictable that the SNP would rush to blame Westminster for the closure of a Scottish power station.
“But the fact is the high transmission costs the Scottish Government are citing are partly driven by its own obsession for expensive and unreliable wind energy. See.....
More of Fergus Ewing's excuses and diversions from taking responsibility exposed here
The SNP of course also campaigned as being "Anti-Fracking" in the Independence Referendum whilst at the very same time behind the Scottish Nations backs was telling the Big companies involved it wasn't actually against Fracking at all.
"The Scottish Government has given assurances that it is "not against fracking", according to the boss of a firm which runs Scotland's largest petrochemical plant."
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The SNP were also negiotiating behind the Nations backs with the Company (Cluff Resources) behind another potentially dangerous and unproven energy plan ...Coal Bed Gasification which involves setting fire to the underground Coal beds under the River Forth area with unknown and untested consequences . http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/environmentalists-warn-scottish-government-being-6161282
While a "moratorum" has been put in place for Fracking in the meantime due to the Political backlashes and fallout of being seen to have been double dealing by the SNP, a moratorium is only a temporary postphonement NOT a permanent ban in place yet at all.
When are voters going to wake up to the fact the SNP hasn't been honest and upfront with its energy planning by going against obvious widespread Public opinion and having discussions on these projects with "Big Business" behind the Nations backs ?