Friday, 5 December 2014

The Green Economy: Why hide the good news?

In 2013, The Tories and Liberal Democrats, in coalition STOPPED providing voters with statistics for the UK " Green Economy ".

By reading the following article, we hope that you will appreciate the real power for good and provider of hope, that the green economy truly is.

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Sometimes it is better to invite those that you fear to the table. In a democracy, unfair treatment will be exposed and the very thing that you fear will then rise, with the support of the people.

Perhaps George Osborne should have remembered the 260,000 signatures on a petition, campaigning for the BBC and other media to invite the Green Party on live leader debates, before making his Autumn statement.

If the impact and potential of the UK green economy were not so great, then perhaps you could have forgiven George for completely omitting it from his speech.

The truth of the matter is that if YOU had been given the facts, then it would become clear that the time is right to back The Green Party. They already have the strongest policies, as evidenced by YOUR survey results so far!(1)

The truth is that the green economy, like all good things, cannot be kept down or hidden forever! This sector is surging forward, despite a government that has completely failed to become "the greenest government ever", and a Labour party that have been feeble in opposition, when it came to fracking, infrastructure bills, HS2, badger culls, renewable energy and the likes. It's no good having MPs and power if you fail to use them to force change for the common good, and it's certainly no good trying to convince voters on the run up to an election, that you will do that IN POWER.

The people are ready for a revolution that is based on peaceful yet powerful changes, not hatred or divisions. (The Green Party want a referendum and reform on Europe anyway!).

What we are about to share will be destroyed by UKIP. They don't support the views held by climate scientists and they want to destroy the UK with fracking, whilst the green economy provides safe alternatives.

The UK has a massive opportunity to, once again, become a world leader and restore pride to the nation. A richly diverse population, harnessing knowledge and innovation from around the world can lead a green economic revolution!

In October 2011, George Osborne said "We're not going to save the planet by putting our country out of business". This is the man that has access to all the facts and figures. George! You could have done both, if you hadn't feared your enemy. Now is the time for the green revolution!

Here are the amazing facts and articles which reveal the enormous potential of a healthy and clean green economy. Read the facts and decide whether this matches your vision for a brave new safe, prosperous and peaceful world for the people. These summaries and links to articles also catalogue the mindless politics that have held Britain back from being a world leader for five years.

5th July 2012 - Choice between "green or growth" is a false one, CBI chief says (2)

  • Green economy provided one-third of the 0.6% GDP growth in the fiscal year 2010-11
  • Green economy could do more if government untangles policy "mess"
  • UK's large and fast-growing green economy set to add 0.5% growth in GDP
  • With the right policies in place, green business will be a major pillar of our future growth
  • Green economy in 2011 worth £122bn a year, 8% of GDP, growing at 4.7%
  • Green economy could add £800m to NET exports - "That's a big prize"
  • UK could be a global frontrunner in the shift to low carbon...tapping into a global green market currently worth £3.3 trillion a year
  • Osborne's desire to slash wind power subsidies does not breed confidence - it scares markets and drives up the cost of capital
  • Green economy encompasses 50,000 firms across many different sectors, employing 940,000 people, two-thirds outside London and the South-east
  • UK green goods and services run a trade surplus of £5bn a year and are forging strong links with growing economies
  • Call for direct government intervention 
  • "The green economy is an absolute necessity and the economic opportunities FAR outweigh the costs"
  • Greenpeace say "Osborne is holding Britain back and his Treasury is preventing green growth from powering us into the 21st century"

August 2012 -  Green Economy: a UK success story (4)

Actually Mr. Osborne - saving the world is keeping the country IN business!

  • "Quietly and without fanfare, green business has become a UK success story, at home and abroad. We now export more green products and services to our competitors than we import from them, and we have become the green financing capital of the world."
  • "This success should be celebrated. WITH GREATER PUBLIC RECOGNITION and STRONGER CONFIDENCE green businesses can help secure a faster and more resilient economic recovery."

30th August 2012 - UK's Green Economy continues to grow through low-carbon investment (5)

  • The PRIVATE sector and low-carbon industries help green economy grow consistently since the financial crisis 2008
  • Low-carbon and environmental jobs almost twice as many as in UK automotive industry and close to that for financial sector
  • spending on green infrastructure projects that have started or planned for 2012-13 reached £23bn, including £14.5bn from PRIVATE investment, £7bn from private/public investment and £1.4bn from public investment.
  • Ernst & Young report suggests that the UK Government's lack of clarity over renewable policies continues to disrupt investor confidence and the battle within the coalition government between a pro-gas stance, and the more pro-renewables is undermining the rhetoric that the UK energy market is a great place to invest.
  • UK exported low carbon and environmental goods and services to 52 countries in 2010-2011, totalling £11.8bn
  • CBI states that in 2014/15 green business is expected to roughly HALF the UK's trade deficit.
  • High carbon infrastucture projects being propped up by greater proportions of public spending.

At this stage, any political party that cared for the UK people and their health and financial security, should have reacted to the above information. Also why would any party go against scientific opinion on climate change, when the benefits of taking action and the green economy can so clearly be seen?! The story continues to unfold....

6th November 2012 - Cameron set to defend coalition's position on green economic growth (6)

  • More than 20 Conservative MPs issue a letter to Downing Street regarding the green economy
  • Peter Aldous MP, who organised the letter to Cameron says: "It is vital the government works to encourage and incentivise investment from emerging markets in order to flourish and for our country to be a world leader in renewable energy".
  • MPs worried about the outpouring of anti-green sentiment and what they see as attacks on renewable energy from various sections of the coalition - chiefly George Osborne.
  • Although the green economy is worth more than £120bn, and the sector is supplying a third of recent economic growth, Cameron has been notably silent.
  • The strength of Cameron's defence - and whether it includes pledges on green energy - key to persuading companies holding back tens of billions in investment to put their money in the UK rather than overseas.
  • Research by The Guardian finds many companies holding off investment in UK, awaiting greater political backing.
  • Group of MPs alarmed by prime minister's refusal to provide strong backing for GREEN GROWTH, including renewable energy and new forms of low carbon technology. Many of their constituencies are in areas where the growth of green industries has provided the only hope of economic recovery.
  • Many other Tory MPs would have been vocal on the issue, but could not as they hold government positions, or are under fear of the Tory whips.
  • Serious questions regarding rightwing ideology - which says green technology is "costly" and a "burden" according to the chancellor.
  • policy uncertainty and mixed messages undermining the green economy success story.
  • Green economy one of few manufacturing areas that has provided a positive balance of payments - more exports than imports.
  • Green economy not mentioned at Tory party conference and David Cameron refused to make public pronouncements on green growth. The reason for this believed to be the reluctance of the RIGHT WING of the Tory party to acknowledge green issues and their belief that green issues represent a burden rather than an opportunity.
  • CBI: "If we make the right choices, the UK has the potential to earn a significant prize - grabbing our share of a growing global market and injecting around £20bn into the economy. Let's not waste this opportunity."

Is it not time to leave scare-mongering and hatred behind and work together to make Britain "GREAT" again? If you agree then join the green surge and support policies that look after people and planet.

While Osborne argues with "Gromit" and hides the "green blob", the people can rise to create healthy economic growth as a proud legacy for future generations. An added bonus? - the rewards from the green economy stay mainly within communities! Where are all those dirty profits from carbon and fossil-fuel going? Help put the economy in YOUR pocket!......

6th August 2013 - UK Green Economy celebrates as government figures show £6bn boost  (3)

  • Government data confirms green goods and services market grew nearly five per cent to £128bn in 2011/12
  • While the rest of the economy remained virtually flat, sales in the green markets grew by almost £6bn, while the sector racked up a trade surplus of £5.2bn
  • report indicates that the UK's green economy is enhancing its international competitiveness and boosting its export prospects
  • 2011/12 sales growth in carbon finance 6.8%, wind energy 7.5% and solar PV 6.6%
  • However low key nature of report release frustrates green campaigners, who argue that the impact of the figures on government planning will be diluted until the data is officially collected by the Office of National Statistics
  • Call for a more PROMINENT specific green economy metric
  • "green economy is one of the main sources of growth in the UK"
  • Green sector "has long graduated onto the main stage and it's time that this was recognised"
12th December 2013 - "Green Economy" jobs will spring up across all sectors (6)

  • Britain becoming more environmentally friendly expected to create nearly half a million NEW jobs by 2020 across all sectors
  • Green economy expected to roughly halve the UK's trade deficit in 2014/15, according to CBI
  • Global Action Plan (GAP) expect future careers to emerge across all sectors, as a result of growth in the green economy: Green Engineers, Water footprinting managers, virtual health support workers, retail energy specialists, living roof/wall gardeners, green call-centre advisers, smart travel co-ordinators, traceability managers, clean car mechanics, landfill miners.

24th February 2014 - Policies to green the economy must underpin UK recovery: new report by UCL's Green Economy Policy Commission (7)

  • UK urgently needs a green economic strategy to move towards low-carbon PROSPERITY
  • UK's climate instability and increasing resource constraints mean decisive action URGENTLY needed by the UK GOVERNMENT to green the economy
  • Policies for green sustainable growth will achieve a sounder economic recovery
  • "by taking action to green the economy, the UK can address existing weaknesses in innovation and infrastructure investment, positioning itself to be an INTERNATIONAL LEADER in eco-innovation, and building a resilient economy with the conditions for sustained and long-term growth."
  • "We hope that policymakers AND POLITICIANS will recognise the URGENT need to act and will show the policy leadership that the UK needs to commit to a greener economy"

19th March 2014 -Mark Kenber comments on UK Budget: Green economy is the unsung hero keeping Britain moving (8)

  • "we are left waiting yet again by this government for the hard facts that will accelerate the UK's transition to a low carbon, high growth economy"
  • "There is a very real opportunity for the UK to cement its position as a global leader in renewable energy"
  • "our renewable energy capacity is only at 4.2%, and we are dwarfed by our european neighbours and only just greater than Malta and Luxembourg"
  • "we must send a clear message to the world that the UK is open for business with a trained workforce and a government fully committed to a low carbon future"
  • "I want to see these three words (Made In Britain) on solar panels, smart grids, LED lighting, wind turbines and the next new low carbon breakthrough"
  • "current figures show that the UK green economy growing at 5% per annum. It is the UNSUNG HERO keeping Britain Moving"
So five years AFTER George Osborne pledged his Treasury "will no longer be the cuckoo in the Whitehall nest" on green issues......

3rd December 2014 - George Osborne's cold shoulder for the green economy. So much for the "greenest government" (9)

  • "Pure politics prevails and we are all the worse for it".
  • TOTAL SILENCE on the green economy.
  • Osborne throws more tax breaks to the "vital" North Sea oil and gas industry.
  • Fracking mentioned, with the promise that it's currently nonexistent revenues will flow into a fund for Northern England!
  • £2.3bn for flood defences represents nothing more than an end to earlier cuts.
  • Most incomprehensible aspect of Osborne's cold shoulder for the green economy is that it offers exactly what he is seeking for the UK economy: plentiful, good jobs in industries that enable the nation to compete internationally.
  • Global market for green goods and technologies is worth trillions of dollars a year, but with less than a 5% share of that market Britain is failing to take advantage.
  • Confidence is key to the green economy where big investments must be made up front but are prone to political meddling. Without confidence, fewer investments are made, and they will cost more to fund

YOU have the power to VOTE for a brave and prosperous new world and leave a healthy legacy for future generations. There has NEVER been a better time to VOTE GREEN and start the green revolution!

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Information creates change and that is why it is often hidden!



(3) -source: Business Green