Norway. Abu Dhabi. Dubai. Saudi Arabia. Big oil producing nations, all of them. So what's the difference between them and us?
Well, not to put too fine a point on it, money. Cash. A Huge Oil Fund.
Did you know that over the last 30 years, Scotland's produced more oil than Abu Dhabi and Dubai combined? Did you know that Scotland has produced almost as much oil per head of population as Saudi Arabia?
Did you know that Oil and Gas UK estimate 15-24 billion barrels of oil remain in the North Sea? At an extraction rate of around 1.4 million barrels per day, that's over 40 years of oil production from the North Sea alone. And that's not including the new reserves being discovered in the North Atlantic and the Firth of Clyde.
So getting to the point, if you're an oil nation, you invest the money you've made from oil into what are called Sovereign Wealth Funds - basically massive deposit accounts for your country. The biggest funds are from the countries we've mentioned.
So instead of an enormous sovereign oil fund, Scotland, with 60% of Europe's oil reserves, and with 40 years of oil production behind us, has, food banks.
Still think we're better together?