Gordon Brown, Prime Minister:
"I am determined that Britain will be at the forefront of the transition to low-carbon societies. Not only because it is our moral duty to future generations and because climate change, caused largely by the richest nations, hits the poorest and most vulnerable hardest. But because this new approach will underpin our push towards economic recovery - providing new growth, new jobs, new industries and new opportunities."Isle of Wight:
Unemployment is double the average for the south-east of England.
Vestas, manufacturer of wind turbines on the IOW:
Vestas announced it expected to lay off approximately 1,900 employees, primarily in Denmark and the UK. As a result of current market conditions in Northern Europe and the planning process in the UK [my emphasis], the company has decided not to move forward with plans to convert the factory in the Isle of Wight.
Car cash-back scheme
The Chancellor announced in the Budget on 22nd April 2009, a voluntary discount scheme under which motor dealers will give motorists £2,000 or more towards a new vehicle if they trade in a car or van over 10 years old for scrap. The scheme is intended to provide a boost to demand and immediate support on a short-term basis to the car industry and its supply chain in the wake of falling sales.
Somewhere, something doesn't add up. If they can support the car manufacturers and dealers, why no help for manufacturers of clean energy?