The UK Outsources Its Green Economy While Promising Green Jobs

Check this out, Britain is going to build more wind farms, they’re just not going to do it with turbines made there:
One of Britain’s biggest employers in the green energy industry is to cease production within hours of a government announcement today pledging as many as 400,000 green jobs by 2015. Ed Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, will claim that Britain will become a world leader in low-carbon technology and manufacturing. He will argue that raising household energy bills to pay for investment in wind, solar and tidal power is justified not only by the dangers of global warming but also the opportunity to build a new “green economy”. However, tomorrow morning the Vestas factory in Newport, Isle of Wight, Britain’s only significant manufacturer of wind turbines, will produce its last batch of seven-tonne blades. More than 600 people employed at the plant, and a related facility in Southampton, will be made redundant at the end of the month. All 7,000 turbines that the Government will commit today to installing over the next decade will be manufactured overseas, mainly in Germany, Denmark and China.

2 thoughts on “The UK Outsources Its Green Economy While Promising Green Jobs”

  1. Sort of misses the point of creating green jobs. No wonder Labor is running third or even fourth in the polls.
    I favor diversifying the power sources. The problem with their approach is much like that of our administration. There is not sufficient incentives given to allow business to be profitable there. You have one entity making all of the decisions instead of a market place which would allow a number of opportunities to find customers. A single player system is not good for energy or health care.

  2. the irony of “green” manufacturing jobs being exported to polluted China is painfully funny.

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