With supplies of cheap oil drying up, and climate change about to make most of the life currently on the planet extinct unless we stop emitting carbon dioxide very soon, surely it makes sense to allow auto makers to fail and invest in “green collar jobs“?
The UK has virtually no wind turbine production, but what we do have is shutting down. 600 jobs are going in Newport on the Isle of Wight, at Vestas who are the largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world.
“Vestas to cut 600 jobs in Britain as wind turbine market is becalmed in Northern Europe” says the Times: http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/natural_resources/article6188962.ece
“Closure of turbine factory takes the wind out of Britain’s low- carbon sails” says the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/apr/29/vestas-wind-turbines-environment
The Guardian article highlights the total mess that UK wind is in.
The Vestas employees have set up a petition with Number 10 to try to save their jobs: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/WindEnergyJobs/