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Scotland being dragged into corporate power grab by Government happy for big business to call the shots

15 February, 2017 - 14:09

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (15 Feb) warned that the approval of the controversial EU-Canada trade deal known as CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) could make fracking in Scotland more likely.

It's Time for Fair Funding for Councils

Mark Ruskell MSP Wed 15 Feb

This blog originally appeared in the Alloa Advertier's Political Stand column, published Wednesday 15th February

The news that Clackmannanshire Council is moving closer towards making 350 staff redundant is devastating.

For years local services have faced huge pressures as Westminster cuts to Scottish Government budgets have been handed down to councils. The Council Tax Freeze has then made it impossible for them to raise the income needed to protect frontline services from cuts.

"Postcode lottery" of road safety across Scotland

12 February, 2017 - 10:06

Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife, today (12 Feb) published Freedom of Information requests which show a "postcode lottery" of road safety across Scotland.

Councils were asked how many 20mph zones they have. The results show a huge variation, with Clackmannanshire saying all residential streets are 20mph and Edinburgh saying the majority of its streets are 20mph with a further 810 zones planned. By contrast, North Ayrshire Council only has four permanent 20mph zones and Falkirk has none. Neither plans to introduce any new 20mph zones.

Green MSPs have achieved more in a single budget than the Labour Party has in a decade of opposition

2 February, 2017 - 14:43

"Green MSPs have achieved more in a single budget than the Labour Party has in a decade of opposition," according to Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie, who this afternoon welcomed details of the Scottish Government's offer to increase funding to local councils by £160million.

Review of law must prevent hunting with dogs

31 January, 2017 - 17:20

Scottish Green MSPs say today's Scottish Government announcement of a review of how fox hunts are monitored must strengthen the law to prevent hunting with dogs.

The government is to consult on a code of practice for hunts, explore the potential for a new monitoring scheme, and consult on proposed changes to legislation.

It follows last year's review by Lord Bonomy, which recommended increased monitoring.

In 2015, surveillance of five of Scotland’s ten hunts suggested that they were routinely ignoring legislation.

Greens call for public to take part in fracking consultation

31 January, 2017 - 16:29

Communities throughout Scotland concerned about fracking must take part in the government’s consultation on the hazardous extraction practice say the Greens.

Edinburgh Airport consultation "pointless" given strong opposition to expansion

30 January, 2017 - 15:16

Scottish Green MSPs say the launch of a further wave of consultation by Edinburgh Airport is "pointless" given the strong public opposition to expansion plans.

Green MSPs Alison Johnstone, Andy Wightman and Mark Ruskell have been contacted by concerned residents across Lothian region and Fife, as changes to flight routes would negatively affect many communities.

Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, said:

Greens want action to avoid North Sea leak repeat

29 January, 2017 - 12:16

A gas well leak in the North Sea must see the Scottish Government “accelerate” the transition away from fossil fuels say the Greens

The party’s energy and environment spokesperson, Mark Ruskell MSP says the government’s energy strategy should include policies that help employ workers in “low carbon industries of the future” and avoid repeats of the leak from the Elgin B platform.

Mid Scotland and Fife MSP, Mark Ruskell said:

Scottish Government adopts Greens’ energy manifesto pledge

24 January, 2017 - 16:17

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the government’s decision to adopt the party’s manifesto commitment of 50% of all energy use being generated from renewables by 2030.

Climate and energy spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said this target demonstrates that fracking is not needed, and certainly not welcome in Scotland.

Ruskell went on to press the government on fuel poverty, asking how it will deliver its target for 80% of homes to use low carbon heat by 2032, given the 2025 target is just 18%.

Scotland's economy & public health at risk from inaction on climate change

19 January, 2017 - 15:17

Today's publication of the Scottish Government's climate plan shows that ministers are not listening to expert advice, according to Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP.

The climate plan outlines how ministers intend to reduce emissions by 66 per cent by 2032 compared to 1990 levels.

Only half of recommendations for action from the independent UK Committee on Climate Change appear in the plan.

Mark Ruskell, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Mid-Scotland & Fife, said: