Thursday, November 15, 2012
Victoria's Green Matters - 15th Nov 2012
Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury: It is wonderful to be able to report some good news this week. We all know that our economy is in trouble and that new jobs are hard to come by but very little is spoken or written about the increasing number of green jobs and businesses that have been created.
There are now nearly one million workers in green jobs. These industries range from electric car manufacture to biofuels and wind turbine installation and more than 25,000 new jobs were created last year.
It seems strange that the government – our ‘greenest government ever’ – appears to be reluctant to talk about this success. Could this be because so many of our MPs are still climate change deniers, still want to limit any subsidy on renewable energy even when there are new jobs involved?
David Cameron has recently visited the United Arab Emirates with a view to persuading them to invest huge amounts of money in renewable energy. Many MPs are worried that anti-green comments from other MPs in the coalition – including the Chancellor, George Osborne – will lead to us discouraging vital overseas investment in these important areas.
There are more than ten companies just waiting to invest millions of pounds in our wind industry – all they need is the encouragement to do so by some good political backing. If this doesn’t happen, we could easily miss out on this much needed cash.
The green economy is worth more than £120 billion per year so let’s help it be worth even more!
Victoria Nicholls. Transition Deal.