He is currently Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism in the Scottish Parliament.
Ewing, as Minster for Community Safety from 2007 until 2011, had a major role in drug policy strategy. Some links:
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In May 2011, responding to the announcement by Germany that it would be phasing out nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Ewing said:
- "We welcome this announcement from the German government, which adds to the growing international realisation of difficulties associated with nuclear power.
- "It adds further weight to our view that Scotland does not need a new generation of costly nuclear plants and is instead ideally placed to become a green energy powerhouse.
- "That's why we have a new target of generating 100 per cent of Scotland's electricity needs from renewables by 2020 - one of the most demanding anywhere in the world.
- "And we have already started the journey. Total planned offshore wind development in waters around Scotland already amounts to almost 10 Gigawatts of capacity, more than Scotland's peak demand. With planned inward investment of around £300 million to develop the next generation of offshore wind turbines in Scotland, and capacity for so much more, it is clear that renewables are key to the development of a low carbon economy and the creation of significant new employment opportunities in Scotland."
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