Thu 11 Nov, 2021

Responding to the announcement the Scottish Government is in talks to join the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, launched by nations committed to moving on from fossil fuels, Scottish Greens climate spokesperson Mark Ruskell said:

“There has been a disappointing lack of focus on oil and gas in the last two weeks, even though the Climate Action Tracker was clear that inaction on fossil fuels is a big part of why they predict we are on track for a catastrophic 2.4 degrees global temperature rise.

“I have raised the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance with ministers so I am glad Scotland is in discussions to be part of this progressive alliance which is only going to grow over time. It’s a shame we are not signed up on day one, but I will continue to push Ministers to be part of this critical initiative.

“Determining how much fossil fuels Scotland needs and how much we can afford to burn under the Paris Agreement should provide a starting point to draw a line under future oil and gas development in Scotland.

“Denmark and Costa Rica should be applauded for their global leadership, two small progressive countries making concrete commitments to deal with one of the hardest issues we face.”

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