Scottish Government’s climate ambition on heating is already behind

Tue 29 Oct, 2019

The Scottish Government’s ambition to lower emissions to tackle the climate emergency is already falling behind when it comes to renewable heating, it has emerged.

The existing target for 11% of heating to come from renewable sources by 2020 looks unlikely to be met, with energy minister Paul Wheelhouse admitting only 6.3% was reached in 2018.

In an answer to a parliamentary question, Wheelhouse stated investment in renewable heat in Scotland has slowed down because of changes to incentive schemes by the UK Government.

Betrayal of Kurds involves UK arms

Ross Greer MSP Mon 28 Oct, 2019

The only beacon of hope in Syria is on the brink of destruction.

While civil war raged across the rest of the country between the Assad regime and largely Arab rebel groups, the Kurdish population in North Eastern Syria were abandoned, left to face the brunt of ISIS alone. Not only did they repel that vicious death cult, at the urging of the US, UK and others they led the counter-offensive, eventually destroying the so-called ‘Caliphate’.

UK budget delay leaves Scotland in limbo

Fri 25 Oct, 2019

Postponement of the UK budget leaves the Scottish Parliament no time to scrutinise it, and raises serious concerns over the ability of the Scottish Government to come up with its own, the Scottish Greens have warned.

UK Chancellor Sajid Javid told BBC today that his budget would not be going ahead as planned on 6 November, leaving no time for the devolved budget scrutiny procedures agreed by MSPs in the Budget Process Review Group.

Commenting, Scottish Green finance spokesperson Patrick Harvie said:

Ruth Davidson's lobbying role shows need for second jobs bill

Fri 25 Oct, 2019

Former Scottish Conservative leader must quit as an MSP and force a by-election after accepting a lucrative corporate lobbying role, the Scottish Greens have said.

Davidson has recently been appointed to the Scottish Parliament’s corporate body, which oversees the workings of Parliament, but has also now taken a £50,000 job with a firm which lobbies politicians.

Commenting, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian Alison Johnstone said: “The people of Edinburgh Central elected Ruth Davidson to represent them, not use her position to earn £50,000 from lobbyists.

Harvie responds to commons vote

Tue 22 Oct, 2019

Responding to the news that the UK Government has failed to win support for its programme motion on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Gove demonstrates breathtaking contempt for Scotland

Mon 21 Oct, 2019

Speaking after the meeting of the Finance and Constitution Committee, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“Michael Gove has talked about the importance of a consent mechanism for Northern Ireland, but he has confirmed that the UK is utterly unwilling to accept any similar principle for Scotland. The UK Government has already shown itself willing to legislate in defiance of Scotland’s devolution arrangements, and is clearly willing to do so again. The level of contempt for Scotland’s interests, and for our constitutional status, is breathtaking.

Scottish Greens respond to Letwin amendment vote

Sat 19 Oct, 2019

Responding to the news that the Prime Minister has once again failed to command a majority in the House of Commons, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Greer calls for humanitarian funds for North East Syria

Fri 18 Oct, 2019

The Scottish Government should urgently provide support from its Humanitarian Emergency Fund for the Kurdish Red Crescent, according to Scottish Greens External Affairs Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP.

Mr Greer made the call in a letter to Ben MacPherson, Minister for International Development, today (18 Oct).

Scottish Greens respond to Brexit deal

Thu 17 Oct, 2019

Responding to reports that a deal has been agreed between the EU and UK to facilitate the UK’s exit from the EU, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

SNP reforesting plan paid for by oil giant

Tue 15 Oct, 2019

The Scottish Government’s meagre attempts to reforest Scotland is being paid for by an oil giant, it has emerged.

On the same day as Nicola Sturgeon spoke at an SNP conference sponsored by BP, Shell tweeted that it is using Scotland’s public reforesting programme to offset its vast levels of pollution.

The multinational fossil fuel extractor confirmed it will fund public body Forestry and Land Scotland to generate carbon credits.