Thu 8 Sep, 2022

Prime Minister Liz Truss’s energy plan is tantamount to “climate vandalism”, say the Scottish Greens. 

The Scottish Greens Energy spokesperson, Mark Ruskell MSP, said:

“Liz Truss’s plan is the worst kind of climate vandalism. We can't drill or frack our way out of a crisis.”

“Nuclear is neither safe, secure nor welcome.”

“It is only nine months since COP and Downing Street’s warm words have already turned to dust.”

“We are on the verge of an environmental catastrophe. The millions of families who are being hit by rising prices and skyrocketing bills can't wait, and nor can our climate.”

“This simply isn't good enough. Millions of people are facing a choice between starving or freezing this winter.”

“What she is proposing does nothing to tackle the climate emergency, and nor does it tackle the cost of living crisis. She's planning to spend £100 billion effectively subsidising corporate profits while locking bills in at a cost that is still far too high.”

“At the end of the day it will be taxpayers that will have to pay that back. That's the wrong way round. We've got an opportunity now to nationalise the five big electricity companies and make them work for people and the planet.”

“That would enable us to invest in our homes and in renewable energy and the jobs of the future.”

“Instead we've got a government that wants to frack beneath our ground and do even more drilling in the North Sea, which would only worsen the climate crisis.”

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