REPORT SHOWS EXTRA FORTH CROSSING IS SALMOND'S FOLLY

Fri 3 May, 2013

Scottish Greens say a report by the chief engineer of the Forth Road Bridge, showing that the anchorages of the structure are "in good condition with no real evidence of corrosion", proves that the SNP, supported by Labour, Libdems and Tories, were reckless to blow over a billion pounds on an additional crossing.

The Scottish Greens were the only party that argued in favour of repairing the existing bridge as this would have saved millions and not required its closure.

A report in February of this year showed that dehumidification of the main cables has worked.

HALF A MILLION FOR MEDIA MISSES POINT OF CYCLING CONCERNS

Fri 3 May, 2013

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and co-convener of the Scottish Parliament's cross-party group on cycling, says the government's announcement of almost half a million pounds for a marketing campaign to encourage "mutual respect" between cyclists and motorists misses the point.

Alison said:

“I've long said we need to see a culture of tolerance so we can share road space safely. Mutual respect between people on bikes and people in cars is essential but it needs to be matched with meaningful improvements in infrastructure.

PLANNING PROPOSALS MUST NOT RISK CLIMATE TARGETS

Tue 30 Apr, 2013

Scottish Greens are warning SNP ministers to be careful that proposed new national planning guidelines don't risk Scotland's important carbon reduction and renewable energy targets.

Ministers want to extend the distance between wind farms and communities, and prevent wind farms being built in National Parks and National Scenic Areas.

Proposals also include unproven carbon capture and storage technology, environmentally-damaging airport expansion and fossil fuel generation at Cockenzie and Longannet.

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:

NO TO NATO, YES TO THE REFERENDUM

comms Tue 23 Oct, 2012

The government has published analysis of the responses to its consultation on the independence referendum.

This is welcome, as is the deputy first minister's confirmation that her government is seeking legal opinion on the impact on EU membership of a Yes vote. However, it is concerning that she talks of the Edinburgh Agreement providing the context of the process of obtaining independence; it does not.

[SGP News] GREEN BUSES NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PROPER SERVICES

Wed 26 Sep, 2012

From: greencomms@scottish.parliament.uk GREEN MSP MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release 26 September 2012 GREEN BUSES NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PROPER SERVICES As the SNP reannounced money for another handful of hybrid buses, the Scottish Greens have challenged other parties to work together for bolder reform of Scotland's bus system to improve standards across the whole bus fleet and provide a truly integrated public service.

[SGP News] SNP'S G4S CONTRACT "SLAPDASH" SAY GREENS

Fri 21 Sep, 2012

From: greencomms@scottish.parliament.uk MEDIA RELEASE GREEN MSPs 21 September 2012 SNP'S G4S CONTRACT "SLAPDASH" SAY GREENS "Slapdash" is how Scottish Greens are describing today's decision by SNP Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to award a £13million contract to security firm G4S. The company's last-minute failure to provide security for the Olympics meant the Army had to fill the breach.

[SGP News] SNP PROPOSE BUDGET THE TORIES WOULD BE PROUD OF

Thu 20 Sep, 2012

From: greencomms@scottish.parliament.uk MEDIA RELEASE GREEN MSPs 20 September 2012 SNP PROPOSE BUDGET THE TORIES WOULD BE PROUD OF Scottish Greens are describing the draft budget outlined today by Finance Secretary John Swinney as one the Tories would be proud of. The SNP Government is proposing a one per cent pay cap on public sector workers, copying the Coalition and representing the continuation of a real-terms cut.

[SGP News] GREENS UNCOVER SCALE OF DISEASE THREATENING FORESTRY ECONOMY

Thu 20 Sep, 2012

From: greencomms@scottish.parliament.uk MEDIA RELEASE GREEN MSPs 20 September 2012 GREENS UNCOVER SCALE OF DISEASE THREATENING FORESTRY ECONOMY Scottish Greens are warning more must be done to prevent the rampant spread of a devastating tree disease, which is putting the country's important forestry economy at risk. Dothistroma Needle Blight (DNB) kills off varieties of pine tree and is predicted to thrive due to warmer, wetter conditions caused by climate change.

[SGP News] MSP HAILS SICK KIDS GO-AHEAD QUERIES PLANS FOR CURRENT SITE

Wed 19 Sep, 2012

From: greencomms@scottish.parliament.uk Media Release Green MSPs 19 September 2012 MSP HAILS SICK KIDS GO-AHEAD, QUERIES PLANS FOR CURRENT SITE Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian, is welcoming today's announcement by the Scottish Government confirming approval for a replacement hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. Alison said: “A new Sick Kids is long overdue and the minister must ensure the project comes in on time and budget.

[SGP News] Lack Of Clarity On Energy-From-Waste Plants In Minister's Plan

Thu 13 Sep, 2012

From: greencomms@scottish.parliament.uk Media Release Green MSPs 13 September 2012 Re today’s announcement by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing on support levels for renewables. Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow, said: "While the intention to encourage offshore wind and maintain support for most other renewables is sensible, it's worrying the minister is less clear on issues like demand reduction and energy-from-waste plants.