RobGordon wrote:This may be correct R.I.L, although I would like to suggest that the largest North Sea oil field in the last decade was just found about three months ago.
OK firstly - what I said is definitely correct, the figures and general decline are not in any way disputed. Secondly, I wouldn't get overly excited by this new find, which is potentially
up to 300 million barrels. To put that in perspective, in 1999 when oil production was nearing its peak we were extracting 6 million barrels a day. i.e. this new oil field is equivalent to less than two months production when we were making all the famed dough out of the North Sea around the millennium. Whilst the oil industry is still hugely important to Scotland it is never going to make the amounts of money it did previously, and is only going to remain in decline in the coming decades. In my opinion, it is no longer a valid card to play in the 'independence would be financially beneficial for Scotland' game. Let alone the trump card many ill-informed people still believe it to be. Please note I'm not making any statement for either side of the independence argument - I'm just sick of people mistakenly using oil as a major factor in the argument.
I'm not actually
using the oil as a case for independence, -at least not in the way
you are maybe thinking. Its an example of the fact that we can't trust westminster, whatever political persuasion you may be. In recent history its the most glaring example. Scotland already leads the way in tidal, wave and wind power. I'm saying we should get away from westminster because we should
All to often I hear;
'we cant afford to'.
Yes, if we did get away from westminster we'd be broke with escalating unemployment and rising unrest among the populous.
If we had got away we may not and probably would not be in the situation we are now.