Greens: Tories risking everything on gas

The Conservatives risk plunging households into poverty and making the climate crisis worse by expanding oil and gas production, the Scottish Greens have warned.

In parliament Scottish Conservative MSP Liam Kerr challenged the Scottish Government to abandon its climate commitments and “ramp up” oil and gas production, a reckless policy pursued by the UK Government.

Commenting, Scottish Greens energy and climate spokesperson Mark Ruskell said: “The Conservatives are wilfully avoiding the scientific evidence and the fact that volatile gas prices are having a devastating impact on the cost of living.

“Across Europe governments are waking up to the fact that we must end our dependency on oil and gas. Stopping the Nord Link pipeline has been one of the most effective sanctions on Putin, thanks to the German Greens.

“We know the public want a just transition away from oil and gas. Instead, the UK Tory Government is doubling down on the industry that helped Putin accumulate power and influence. It needs to urgently invest in renewables and insulation, instead of listening to the likes of Liam Kerr and Nigel Farage who would rather prop up polluters and plunge households into poverty by locking us into a future of volatile gas prices and climate breakdown.”