Gers: Harvie Says Figures Show Need To Build Clean Economy

Wed 23 Aug, 2017

Commenting on today's GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland) figures, Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance & Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

"Every year these figures set off a tiresome war of words between those who think Scotland could never run its own affairs and those who think the SNP approach is flawless. What these figures really show is that Scotland needs to build a clean economy that does not rely on oil and gas.

Time to lift the fracking threat hanging over our communities

Alison Johnstone MSP Wed 23 Aug, 2017

Analysis by Heriot-Watt University has hit the headlines, warning that the so-called “opportunity” for fracking has been “over-hyped”. This adds weight to the case for a permanent ban on the practice.

Drilling into the ground beneath our communities and fracturing the rocks to enable gas to escape is something Scottish Greens have fought since it was first proposed. Opening up an extra source of fossil fuel makes no sense if we’re serious about reducing climate change emissions and limiting the damage that will be caused by rising global temperatures.

Non-domestic rates report lacks real reforms say Greens

Tue 22 Aug, 2017

Aspects of a report published today on non-domestic business rates deserve recognition, but disappointingly leave out proposals for real reforms say the Scottish Greens.

The Barclay Report on Business Rates, according to the party, lacks recommendations to see NDR transformed into a “land value tax” or for councils to determine how rates are set.

Patrick Harvie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ finance spokesperson, said:

Data gathered by Green MSPs shows councils failing to protect public from nuclear bomb convoys

Sun 20 Aug, 2017

A new report using data gathered by the Scottish Green MSPs says that local councils and the Scottish Government are failing in their duties to protect the public from the risk of accidents involving convoys of nuclear weapons.

Greens comment on sale of Green Investment Bank

Fri 18 Aug, 2017

The Scottish Greens have questioned the green credentials of the Green Investment Bank after it was sold to a company that has invested billions of pounds in fossil fuel projects.

On climate change, Scotland has a chance to continue powering ahead

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 18 Aug, 2017

“The psychological message is that the train has left the station. The signal sent to investors, businesses, individuals and civil society is extraordinarily powerful.”

Scotland should be inspired by these words, from former US vice president Al Gore. At the launch earlier this month of his new film on climate change, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the Nobel prize-winner said that the current occupant of the White House is isolated and unable to prevent global action on climate change.

Academic report adds weight to fracking ban calls say Greens

Thu 17 Aug, 2017

The case for fracking in Scotland has “all but vanished” say the Scottish Greens after an academic report published today demonstrated how unsuitable the practice would be in Britain’s terrain.

Expert analysis from Heriot-Watt University also states that the so-called ‘opportunity’ for fracking has been ‘overhyped’.

Mark Ruskell MSP, the Scottish Greens’ climate and energy spokesperson, said:

Harvie writes to First Minister over President Trump and extremists

Thu 17 Aug, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (17 Aug) wrote to the First Minister and opposition leaders urging a plan of action to counter the confidence that President Trump is giving to extremist groups.

Johnstone responds to figures showing rise in children prescribed antidepressants

Thu 17 Aug, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health & Children spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (17 Aug) responded to figures showing four times as many children under 13 were prescribed antidepressants last year as just seven years ago.

The figures, obtained by BBC Scotland, show that last year 252 children aged 12 and under were given antidepressants while in 2009/10 it was 57.

Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, said:

Survey showing unpaid carers are socially isolated underlines need for greater support

Wed 16 Aug, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (16 Aug) said a survey showing more than three-quarters of unpaid carers in Scotland feel lonely or socially isolated underlines the need for greater support, such as the Green MSPs' proposal of a Young Carer's Allowance.