And explain again why the Government should invest?

The Scotsman newspaper reports today about calls by

Green energy experts are calling on the Scottish and UK governments to invest £80 million in wave and tidal power.

Industry body RenewableUK said the cash was needed to help the sector – which could create 10,000 jobs in the UK by 2020 – develop to its full potential. It warned that without investment jobs could go overseas.

and

Maria McCaffery, chief executive of RenewableUK, said that adopting “an overly cautious approach could allow other countries to steal Scotland’s lead”.

and

Dr Richard Dixon, director of WWF Scotland said: “This report is a reminder that we must continue investing in green, clean technologies of the future.”

Why does Scotland need to be taking a “lead”? What is the benefit? If the deal is so good, why are private investors not lining up to provide the funds? Is it the job of Government to “invest”?

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