Tue 24 Jan, 2017

There is now no barrier to banning fracking in Scotland – let’s get on with it. Mark Ruskell MSP

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the government’s decision to adopt the party’s manifesto commitment of 50% of all energy use being generated from renewables by 2030.

Climate and energy spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said this target demonstrates that fracking is not needed, and certainly not welcome in Scotland.

Ruskell went on to press the government on fuel poverty, asking how it will deliver its target for 80% of homes to use low carbon heat by 2032, given the 2025 target is just 18%.

Mid Scotland and Fife MSP, Mark Ruskell said:

“At the end of last year, other Holyrood parties blocked our proposal to set a target of Scotland producing half of all the energy it consumes from clean, renewable sources, so this news, ensuring that the Scottish Greens’ manifesto commitment is met, is particularly welcome. There is now no barrier to banning fracking in Scotland – let’s get on with it.

“Warming our homes affordably and with low carbon power is a priority. But the Scottish Government’s targets don’t make sense. There’s too much trust in a technological miracle in the future and not enough action on fuel poverty today.”

Get involved

More like this

Ruskell concerned as oil & gas industry has no Plan B to deal with climate

Tue 20 Nov, 2018

Scottish Greens Energy spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP today (20 Nov) voiced concerns that the leadership of the oil and gas industry in Scotland has no “Plan B” to deal with the reality of tackling climate change.

At today’s meeting of Holyrood’s Environment committee, taking evidence on the proposed Climate Change Bill, Mr Ruskell highlighted the submission from industry body Oil & Gas UK which fails to acknowledge the global trend of ending fossil fuel exploration and banning the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles. 

Climate reputation will be a sham warns Harvie

Thu 27 Sep, 2018

The government’s reputation on tackling climate change will be branded a sham if it continues to give the fossil fuel industry the message that it should “keep on drilling” says Patrick Harvie.

Citing a report by the Committee on Climate Change at First Minister’s Question, Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener, criticised the government for its lack of action in cutting transport, agriculture, forestry and land use emissions.

Trump 'increasingly fascist', proved wrong on energy & jobs, says Harvie

Sun 8 Jul, 2018

Ahead of this week’s visit to the UK by the US President, long-time Trump critic Patrick Harvie MSP, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, says not only is the billionaire property developer “increasingly fascist” but time has proved him wrong on the economy.
 
In 2012, Mr Harvie challenged Trump during an inquiry by Holyrood’s economy, energy and tourism committee into renewable energy targets.