Agreed. The North Sea fields are incredibly old and difficult to produce. And extremely expensive to run and maintain. (Keep your eyes on Africa when the price gets back up. Which China is getting amongst aswell...)
Aberdeen is being smashed right now because of it. So many people made redundant, lost jobs, refused retirment packages just up the creek because of this. Exploration and research has stopped, projects have been shelved and some big players in the Oil have taken some monumental losses. Huge losses. And it has a knock on effect down from the Oil, Interestingly I spoke with a guy who is a salesman in a 2nd hand car garage, which seem to be the only people reaping benefits as people are trading in the Chelsea tractors for smaller efficient cars.
We are at crunch point. We need to realise the oil is outdated(is that the right word?) and not a surefire industry.
Renewables is the way forward. We messed up by not following Norway with an Oilfund but we could claw it back. (Why isnt it a law that all new build housing/office must have Solar Panels?)
And why not combine wind, hydro/wave, and solar and push these units out to sea?
(I remember reading an article actually about Wind turbines being practically useless and having severe adverse effects on wildlife and environment and that Austrailia is removing them all.
And apparently Scottish Birds of Prey populations has fallen drastically in 2003 since the introduction of a lot of turbines and hasnt been recorded since as the SNP want to ignore it and use it as manipulation, I read it in the shooting times and cant find the article..)
Interestingly enough the beloved Scottish trade of Whiskey is under threat from the Japanese aswell....
Just look at the areas with the Yes majority...Glasgow and Dundee.... says it all really and the yes voters have the cheek to blame the OAPs and "fear" (only fear tactics and scaremongering I saw was from the SNP..)
Glasgow and Dundee also had the lowest turn out for the referendum......