Brexit will rip up environmental regulations

Wed 21 Aug, 2019

Boris Johnson’s admission that Brexit will lead to a ripping up of environmental safeguards and workers’ rights shows why the hard-right Brexit project must be stopped, the Scottish Greens have said.

In his letter to EU leaders, the Prime Minister said regulations governing “environmental, product and labour standards” must “diverge” from the EU.

“That is the point our exit,” he adds.

Hunterston reactor four to be restarted for four months

Tue 20 Aug, 2019

Responding to the news Hunterston reactor four is to be restarted for four months, West of Scotland Green MSP Ross Greer said:

“There is nothing reassuring for communities around Hunterston in this decision to restart one of the reactors.

“The ONR themselves have detailed four previous notable safety incidents. These include lost cooling for a reactor, the failure of a shutdown pump and smoke from a control room panel.

Edinburgh Council must not treat climate strikers like truants

Fri 16 Aug, 2019

Scottish Greens education spokesman Ross Greer has urged Edinburgh Council to “see sense” over plans to restrict school climate strikes to once a year.

Edinburgh councillors will today decide whether to restrict permitted days off from school to a single day per year, after a Scottish Green motion called for councillors to back days of action by Scottish Youth Climate Strike (SYCS) group on September 20 and 27.

The strikes are part of a coordinated global movement started by sixteen-year-old Swedish school pupil Greta Thunberg.

Commenting, Ross Greer said:

Urgent call for renewable heating to tackle climate emergency

Mon 12 Aug, 2019

The Scottish Greens have called for urgent action to transform the way Scottish homes are heated amid the climate emergency.

With most buildings in Scotland - including the majority of new houses - relying on fossil fuels to keep warm, Scottish Green energy spokesperson Mark Ruskell has written to Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse calling for action.

Heat accounts for half of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions from energy use and a failure to act swiftly would not meet the challenge of the climate emergency. Targets on heat in the 2009 Climate Bill have not been met.

Levenmouth line to reopen

Thu 8 Aug, 2019

Responding to the news that the Levenmouth Rail Line is to reopen Fife’s Green MSP Mark Ruskell said:

“This announcement is fantastic news for Levenmouth and the East of Fife, and credit must be given to the passionate local campaign who have effectively demonstrated the transformative impact a railway line would have on the local community.

Councils must have powers on non-domestic rates

Andy Wightman MSP Wed 7 Aug, 2019

Consultation on Non-Domestic Rates

7 August 2019

 

Today, I have published a consultation that that will help inform the Scottish Greens’ scrutiny of the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill 

Nuclear arms race reappears on Hiroshima anniversary

Tue 6 Aug, 2019

Comments from Russian president Vladimir Putin show the spectre of nuclear war is rising again, Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer has said.

American President Donald Trump withdrew from a major cold-war weapons treaty with Russia on Friday, prompting the Russian leader to say he would have “no option” but to match America’s weapons systems.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) treaty, signed in 1987, banned land-based missiles with a range between 310 and 3,400 miles and was designed to reduce the chances of a strike being launched at short notice.

Harvie: It’s time that the people of Scotland were given a choice over their future.

Mon 5 Aug, 2019

Responding to news that a majority of Scots are now in favour of independence Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:  

“It’s time that the people of Scotland were given a choice over their future. 

Harvie and Slater elected Green Co-Leaders

Thu 1 Aug, 2019

Patrick Harvie MSP and Lorna Slater have been elected as the new Co-Leaders of the Scottish Green Party following a month long election process. The result was announced in Edinburgh this afternoon.

The party adopted a new constitution at its spring conference meaning that it would elect leaders for the first time, effectively replacing the co-convenor position within the party.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Greens slam two child limit

Wed 31 Jul, 2019

Greens today branded as "shocking" new statistics that show the extent of impact of child limits to Tax Credits in Scotland.

The new figures show that, at 2 April, more than 8,000 families were hit by the cut. The Institute for Fiscal Studies estimates that families can lose up to £3,000 a year or 10% of average income.

The controversial 'rape clause' which provides an exemption to the limit in cases of consensual conception applies to 50 families in Scotland.

Alison Johnstone MSP, Scottish Greens Social Security Spokesperson, said: