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.”