Sun 15 Sep, 2013

Scottish Greens say the latest policy decisions by the Liberal Democrats show Nick Clegg's party cannot be trusted on the environment and is increasingly irrelevant in Scotland.

At their conference in Glasgow today (15 Sep) Libdems voted on what they termed a "Green Growth" policy. Members backed a new generation of nuclear power plants and fracking for gas.

Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow and Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:

"The Libdems used to be regarded as quaintly sitting on the fence on many subjects but today's abandonment of environmental policies shows they are in fact irrelevant to the challenges society faces. New nuclear has costs spiralling out of control and a toxic legacy, and fracking will simply add to the stocks of fossil fuels we need to get away from if we're taking climate change seriously.

"Neither of these policies enjoys support in Scotland, underlining the logic of decisions that affect us being taken here.

"On top of the bedroom tax, tuition fees and flogging off Royal Mail it is hard to see why anyone would put any trust in the Libdems. Supporters will undoubtedly be doing some soul-searching. Scottish Greens will always put sustainability and fairness first."

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