Wed 21 Sep, 2022

The Tories are “pretending they can drill their way out of the energy crisis” and “taking a wrecking ball to urgent climate commitments” according to the Scottish Greens.

The comments were made by the Scottish Greens environment spokesperson, Mark Ruskell MSP, following his Topical Questions to the Scottish Government about Downing Street’s decision to expand oil and gas drilling in the North Sea and the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ call for a windfall tax on energy company profits.

Speaking after the debate, Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“The climate crisis is the defining issue of this generation and all future generations. It needs immediate action here in Scotland and around the world.

“There is a responsibility on the biggest polluters to support the communities who are suffering immense loss and damage from climate change.

“That is why I welcome the Scottish Government’s support for a just transition away from fossil fuels and for a windfall tax on the eye watering profits that energy companies are making while the climate crisis worsens. 

“In comparison, the Prime Minister is once again pretending that we can drill our way out of an energy crisis. From installing a fossil-fuel fanatic as her energy secretary, to making no reference to the climate in her first speech on energy policy, this is climate denial at its worst.”

Get involved

More like this

A9 priority must be safety

Wed 8 Feb, 2023

Zeroing in on road safety must be the absolute priority of efforts to cut accidents on the A9 with communities at their heart, say the Scottish Greens.

Scottish Greens transport spokesperson, Mark Ruskell MSP, made the comments following a Ministerial statement on A9 dualling.

Mark Ruskell said:

“When I speak to local communities along the A9, the message is clear. They want us to improve dangerous junctions and reduce speeds. That means directing investment where it is most needed and where it can make a real tangible difference.”

BP profits: oil giants are laughing their way to the bank while world burns

Tue 7 Feb, 2023

BP’s profits are obscene, according to the Scottish Greens. This comes as the company has announced 2022 profits of £23 billion.

The Scottish Greens energy and environment spokesperson, Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“These profits are obscene. They should be seen as a stark warning of where our climate is headed and the urgent need to move on from oil and gas.

‘Sickening’ Shell profits underline urgent need for shift to renewables

Thu 2 Feb, 2023

The sickening scale of oil and gas company profits underlines the urgent need to shift to renewables, say the Scottish Greens.

This comes as Shell has announced 2022 profits of $40 billion, reportedly a 115 year record.

The Scottish Greens energy and environment spokesperson, Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“Many will be sickened and angry by the obscene level of profits reported by Shell and the other oil and gas giants, who have enriched themselves at the cost of our planet.