Depending on Wylfa B blighting economic development
by Dr Carl Iwan Clowes FFPH
Ireland today has 100,000 jobs in IT and yet the Economic Development Department of Ynys Mon council are unable to say how many there are in their area.
This is a travesty in economic planning for such an important industry as, extrapolated to the population of Ynys Mon, some 1,750 jobs would be expected, more than enough to counter the closure of Wylfa in 2010.
Is there a policy for energy conservation on the island. Clearly not, but again, extrapolating from UK figures, not only could we expect to save 20% of our existing energy use but create 95 jobs in doing so.
In Germany today 250,000 people are working in the alternative energy sector. The comparable figure for the UK is 25,000. We are clearly fiddling while "Mona" burns !
The picture could be so different with appropriate leadership for here on the island we have some of the best opportunities for job creation in the alternative energy sector of anywhere in western Europe.
Those fighting for the May council elections should take note that the existing agenda for the island is blighting a sustainable future and they will need to show much more vision if we are to overcome the drift of young people away from the area and overcome the lowest GVA in the UK 53% of the national average.
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