Sunday night and I’m a bit tired, so here’s just a roundup of several transcripts recently added to MyTranscriptBox. Firstly, the “tremendous opportunity” quote comes from Lord Stern last week on the Today programme, where he talks about the many ways to spend money during the “great change, in the world economy that’s coming”:
On the economic story, I’m optimistic, positive about what we can do. The technology’s changed remarkably quickly, and particularly – as we show in this new report, Better Growth, Better Climate – we show that through the process of urbanisation, through the process of investing in energy in the coming three or four decades, there is a tremendous opportunity to invest well, invest in cities that are much less congested, much less polluted, to invest in ways which can reduce wastage, increase energy efficiency.
On the subject of return on investment, he’s a bit light on the detail, though. Also last week, at the start of the Ryder Cup, here’s Donald Trump, talking about golf, wind farms and a bit of an upheaval he claims is happening up in Scotland:
Justin Webb: Are you saying one of the reasons why Alex Salmond lost the Referendum vote was his energy policy, was offshore wind?
Donald Trump: Oh, absolutely. Well, onshore wind, too – you have a minor revolution going on in Scotland, because of these wind farms, and if you happen to have one near your house, your house loses at least 50% of the value. So there are a lot of people that voted against, you know, Alex Salmond’s energy policy, there’s no question about that.
Finally, still on the subject of energy policy, here’s a speech by Caroline Flint, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in the UK, back in July:
This transition to a low-carbon economy, fuelled by the sun, the sea, the wind and the waves, has the potential to be a major source of wealth and prosperity for decades to come, creating jobs here, exporting expertise and technologies abroad, and making our economy smarter and leaner.
Meanwhile, people are seriously discussing the possibility of power cuts in the UK, this winter or the next.