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BiFab: Scottish Govt must stop hiding behind state aid rules

Tue 3 Nov, 2020

The Scottish Government must not hide behind state aid rules for its failure to support renewable energy jobs, the Scottish Greens have said.

In a statement to MSPs, Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop said the government had no legal options to prevent renewables construction contracts being sent overseas.

However, Ms Hyslop responded positively to the suggestion from Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell that the Scottish Government should become a majority shareholder in Bifab.

Revealed: Scotland's bizarre export of beavers

Mon 2 Nov, 2020

One in four of Scotland’s beaver population is set to be exiled to England in a bizarre move by Nature Scot.

Beavers were declared a protected species by the Scottish Government but the nature agency has since allowed a fifth of the population to be killed in 2019.

It has now emerged that Nature Scot is planning a wholesale export of 112 beavers to England, some of which are being held in a holding facility. 

Greens pay tribute to dignity and determination of miners

Wed 28 Oct, 2020

Scottish Greens Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Mark Ruskell has this afternoon paid tribute to the “dignity and determination” of miners convicted for matters related to the 1984-1985 miners strike.

Urgent action needed to improve road safety

Wed 28 Oct, 2020

The Scottish Government must take urgent action to save lives on Scotland’s roads, Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell has said.

Mr Ruskell, whose bill to improve road safety by introducing a standard 20mph neighbourhood speed limit was rejected by the Scottish Government last year, made the call on the day Scottish Government statistics revealed that 165 deaths occurred on Scotland’s roads in 2019.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“The Scottish Government must take action to stop people being injured or killed on our roads.

Greens respond to BiFab decision

Thu 22 Oct, 2020

Responding to the news that the Scottish Government has withdrawn assurances for the NnG jacket fabrication contract for BiFab, placing 500 jobs under threat, Scottish Greens energy spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said: “This decision makes a mockery of the Scottish Government’s commitments on green jobs and is a huge blow for communities in Fife and Scotland’s ambitions on renewable energy.

Scottish Greens: COP26 must see climate justice commitment

Tue 20 Oct, 2020

The Scottish Government must commit to international climate justice ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, the Scottish Greens have said.

Scottish Greens respond to Environment LINK report on nature recovery

Mon 19 Oct, 2020

Responding to the new report by the Scottish Environment LINK which calls on the Scottish Government to recover Scotland's nature, Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell said:

“The Scottish Government must wake up to the fact that our country’s nature is in decline, and act swiftly to halt that decline. When I raised this recently with the First Minister I got no sense whatsoever that there was any kind of urgency on this.

Greens warn physical education under threat from COVID winter

Wed 7 Oct, 2020

Conflicting advice for teachers about what physical education is acceptable under current restrictions could lead to a winter of physical inactivity in schools, the Scottish Greens have warned.

At Holyrood’s COVID committee Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell asked what the guidance was around indoor contact sports in schools, after it emerged Education Scotland had issued guidance this week that “physical education within school settings should only take place outdoors for the time being”. 

ExxonMobil treating communities with contempt says Ruskell

Mon 5 Oct, 2020

Commenting on yet more unplanned flaring at the Mossmorran gas plant in Fife, Scottish Greens Fife MSP Mark Ruskell said:

“Once again my constituents’ lives have been made a misery by this fossil fuel relic.

“Noise, light and vibration through the night makes it impossible for folk to get a decent nights sleep.

“ExxonMobil continues to treat those who live in the shadow of this plant with utter contempt.

Disappointment at lack of just transition for Mossmorran

Wed 30 Sep, 2020

Campaigners have expressed disappointment after the Scottish Government rejected proposals for a just transition board for the Mossmorran gas plant in Fife.

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell heard from local residents, Friends of the Earth and Climate Camp Scotland in a live event following his debate in the Scottish Parliament on the future of the plant, which got cross-party support.

However, the Scottish Government refused to act.