Will Scotland’s wind energy make billions for Boris Johnson’s rogue capitalist chums or help build a better future for all? – Joyce McMillan. The reputation of Scotland’s former First Minister Alex Salmond has taken a historic battering since he stood down from the post in 2014. Boris Johnson repurposed Alex Salmond’s phrase about Scotland’s potential to become the ‘Saudi Arabia’ of renewable energy. Scotland’s history, when it comes to energy revolutions, has not been a particularly happy one. The question now, therefore, is whether we should simply acquiesce in a future in which Scotland’s renewables potential is exploited by politicians like Boris Johnson, and their associates in the upper echelons of a thoroughly discredited form of global rogue capitalism; or whether we finally try to exert some control over our fate, and use our exceptional renewable resources not only to create a better future for Scotland and its people, but also to play a positive role in developing a more just and progressive political climate across these islands.
Scotsman 9th Oct 2020 read more »