‘Green’ costs jobs

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Scottish Government ministers regularly regale us with large numbers of jobs created by the renewables industry, but are surprisingly quiet when jobs are lost as a consequence of their environmental and renewables policies.

In March, more than 100 quality jobs were lost when the Cock-enzie coal-fired power station was closed before the end of its design life and last week almost 600 jobs were lost when Scottish Coal went into administration (your report, 20 April).

Investigations in other countries have found that more jobs are lost due to green policies than are gained. Undoubtedly, here in the UK, other businesses have reduced staff or closed due to rapidly increasing and uncompetitive electricity costs. It is long past time for an independent review of Scotland’s environmental and energy policies before the whole system collapses with the inevitable serious consequences to our economy.

GM Lindsay

Whinfield Gardens

Kinross