Greens reject apathetic Holyrood climate consensus

Thu 23 Sep, 2010

For immediate release 23 September 2010

Today's Holyrood debate on a Low Carbon Economy showed two clear divides between the various parties, Greens argued. First, Labour backed a Conservative amendment supporting new nuclear power, a move which would be costly, dangerous, unsustainable and unpopular, but this amendment was rejected. Second, MSPs rejected a Green amendment which set out several basic policy changes essential if we are to move to a low carbon economy.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Greens call for Scotland to go 100 percent plus renewable

Thu 23 Sep, 2010

For immediate release 23 September 2010

Annual targets SNP reveal climate cop-out

Wed 22 Sep, 2010

For immediate release 22 September 2010

The Scottish Green MSPs today confirmed that they will oppose the SNP administration's latest climate targets (1) when they come before Parliament. In 2007 the SNP's manifesto pledged emissions reductions of 3% a year - six times higher than the 0.5% target they propose for next year, and ten times higher than the mere 0.3% 2012 target they wish to set.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:


comms Tue 21 Sep, 2010

Fans of the TV face of ‘real food’, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, will remember his recent promotion of the Landshare concept, in which people are encouraged to sign up if they have the time and energy to grow food but nowhere to do it, or if they have land for growing but need some willing helpers to make it happen.

Greens welcome Greenpeace deepwater drilling protest

Tue 21 Sep, 2010

For immediate release 21 September 2010

The Green MSPs today supported Greenpeace's decision to take peaceful direct action against a Chevron oil rig, blocking an attempt by the company to drill a deepwater well off Shetland.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

"Greenpeace's courageous intervention in Shetland today is a welcome reminder to politicians in other parties that the environmental movement will never stop holding them to account. This new round of deepwater drilling is both environmentally and economically reckless, and it must be stopped.

Scottish Greens announce first 2011 Holyrood candidates

Thu 9 Sep, 2010

The Scottish Greens today announced the party's top candidates for next May's Holyrood elections across six of the eight Holyrood regions. Councillor Alison Johnstone will top the Greens' list for Lothians following Robin Harper MSP's decision to stand down at the 2011 election, while two former Green MSPs will contest the seats they won in 2003: Mark Ruskell in Mid Scotland and Fife and co-convenor Eleanor Scott in Highlands and Islands.

Carbon emissions figures show need for more ambition

Tue 7 Sep, 2010

The 2008 Scottish climate emission figures published today show a 3% reduction over the year excluding emissions trading, and a total reduction since 1990 of 21%. Despite a pledge in their 2007 manifesto, SNP Ministers have proposed a no-change emissions target for this year and just 0.5% reductions for 2011 and 2012. These targets were rejected both in Committee and in the Chamber in May this year.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Another day at the office - another knife in the back

comms Wed 1 Sep, 2010

Yesterday my ward colleague Cllr Rob Merson (SNP) sprang an emergency motion to remove me as Vice Chair of the Formartine Area Committee. To my astonishment, Rob was unable to clearly articulate what the emergency was - but the Chair Cllr John Loveday (LibDem) agreed to take the motion. And the motion was passed.

Aberdeenshire Council will have to do much better

comms Tue 31 Aug, 2010

Aberdeenshire Council is failing to meet its own targets on sustainability and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. This has been confirmed by the latest data collected by the Council to monitor its performance against the commitments in its Sustainability Charter. It is clear too that the Council will not achieve the reductions in carbon emissions required by legislation unless it dramatically improves.

Greens oppose UK backtracking on ship-to-ship oil transfer

Fri 25 Jun, 2010

Robin Harper MSP has today strongly criticised a group of MPs at Westminster for attempting to overturn regulations on ship-to-ship oil transfers, such as those proposed for the Firth of Forth, and has lodged a motion at Holyrood pressing UK Ministers to retain the rules. A similar motion has been lodged at Westminster by Labour MP Mark Lazarowicz.