15 Jul 2009

Campaign to stop closure of wind turbine plant

Earlier in the year there was dismal news that the Isle of Wight wind turbine manufacturing plant - Vestas - on the Isle of Wight is to close - local workers and campaigners have begun the Save Vestas campaign. The Campaign against Climate Change among others who are urging us to support the campaign among local people on the island and Vestas workers to save the Vestas plant.

As Caroline Lucas MEP said: " The decision to close the facility represents a spectacular failure by Government ministers to adequately promote green industries - and protect the future of manufacturing in this country. This isn’t just a huge blow for the 600 skilled British workers who are set to lose their jobs – it destroys any hope the UK may have had for establishing itself in the eyes of the world as being at the forefront of technological efforts to create a greener and more sustainable future. At a time when the number of people out of work is increasing, it is unforgivable that the Government has singularly failed to offer coherent policy on the future of the renewable energy industry. This is an industry which could provide hundreds of thousands of good quality, green collar jobs for skilled workers, taking full advantage of the UK’s proud manufacturing heritage, while simultaneously addressing the ever-present threat of climate change. We should be seizing the opportunity to create a renewable energy revolution through a favourable policy environment and massive investment in the new technologies that can see us through a transition towards a more environmentally and economically stable economy. The Government can make a genuine start along this road by pledging to help keep the Isle of Wight’s Vestas plant open for business.”

The campaign have asked for emails from individuals and organisations expressing support. The address is savevestas@gmail.com. PLEASE DO THIS as soon as you can. We will never halt climate change without wind power. We need dozens of wind turbine plants, not none.

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