Scots renewable supporters see red after Tory party leader invited to speak at Scottish green energy awards

Ruth Davidson, MSP, is also an honorary army colonel
Ruth Davidson, MSP, is also an honorary British army colonel

The decision to invite Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson as a speaker at a green energy event has sparked a storm of online protest and derision by Scots renewable supporters.

Davidson, MSP for Edinburgh Central, has been booked by the Scottish Renewables trade association for its flagship awards event being held next month in the capital.

Scores of online comments on the association’s own website have remarked at the contrast between renewable energy issues and the Conservative Party’s policy and track record on green power.

Similar comments have also been posted about EDF – the state-owned French nuclear giant which owns the Scottish nuclear power stations. EDF’s renewable energy division is an award sponsor.

Such is the volume and passion of the (mostly) hostile comments about the decision to invite Davidson, that even the Paul Whitehouse, the Scottish Energy Minister in the SNP-led Scot-Govt has intervened in the row: eg

Paul Wheelhouse MSP‏Verified account @PaulWheelhouse  Oct 7

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Hi! It’s OK, as I get lots of invites from SR to speak at conferences etc., but as an alternate, note Ruth & minions are vocally anti-wind!

 

Here is a selection of other comments on the SR invite to Davidson:

Leòdhas e Mhathain‏ @massie_lewis  Oct 7

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Replying to @ScotRenew @RuthDavidsonMSP

The leader of the only party at Holyrood that wants fracking & abolished all funding for wind farms presents green energy awards…

Child of Alba‏ @ChildOfAlba  Oct 8

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@scotrenew lost all credibility, there.

Ian‏ @ArgyllAtheist  Oct 7

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Replying to @ScotRenew @RuthDavidsonMSP

You MUST reconsider this. The party who is against all wind, has slashed solar subsidy, and supports fracking for shale gas? are you mad?

Ayacucho‏ @kilt1962  Oct 7

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Replying to @ScotRenew @RuthDavidsonMSP

What a bizarre choice given Conservative govt damaging policy towards renewables industry. Please explain why.

John Quinn‏ @JQScottish  Oct 7

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Replying to @ScotRenew @RuthDavidsonMSP

The women who wants fracking and happy to see green energy funding quashed, that’s irony!!!! Piss poor performance

Sonia‏ @SMacD49  Oct 7

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Replying to @ScotRenew @RuthDavidsonMSP

This is a parody account, surely? The Scottish Tories & ‘Green’ is the biggest oxymoron out there… Talk about an own goal!

#FREESCOTLAND‏ @RangerRfc1  Oct 7

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Replying to @ScotRenew @RuthDavidsonMSP

What? This is a Torie party leader who supports fracking , hates wind farms and supports Nuclear power . You seriously are having a laugh .

Citizen Matthews‏ @Rossmatthews86  Oct 7

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Replying to @ScotRenew @RuthDavidsonMSP

You are joking eh? Her party cut money for renewables and are backing nuclear energy. Ridiculous choice.

guy incognito‏ @mboilblog  Oct 8

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Replying to @ScotRenew @RuthDavidsonMSP

This is like saying the child protection awards will be addressed by Jimmy Saville.

ciorstaidh etheridge‏ @kirsty_etherson  Oct 7

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Replying to @ScotRenew @RuthDavidsonMSP

Hmm, will she talk about early removal of subsidies for renewables by her party or their other efforts to make sure renewables not a success

Hawkhead Tax Payer‏ @HawkheadNimby  33m33 minutes ago

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Replying to @ScotRenew @RuthDavidsonMSP

Lets boost fracking, why not invite Donald Trump too ???? Looking at the SR board members he would be welcome .

Andy McFadzean‏ @angryandy92  Oct 7

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Replying to @ScotRenew @RuthDavidsonMSP

The most anti-green party addressing renewables? You’ve got to be kidding!!

Paul Deignan‏ @quo1966  Oct 7

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Replying to @ScotRenew

I hope this is a joke, otherwise your credibility is at risk.

Marcovaldo‏ @MARC0VALD0  Oct 7

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Replying to @ScotRenew @RuthDavidsonMSP

clik the pic: “key sponsor” is EDF, operators of Hinkley Point B &C nuclear reactors et.al. Nuclear power tries to rebrand itself as “green”

Lorn Dey‏ @lenathehyena  Oct 6

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Replying to @ScotRenew @RuthDavidsonMSP

Have you no shame?

Jim Boylan‏ @Wiznyme1  Oct 7

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Replying to @ScotRenew @RuthDavidsonMSP

Seriously, a rabid pro-fracker addressing Scottish Renewables, Green Energy Awards. That’s a strong statement of where you’re priorities lie

Colin Buchanan‏ @Colinbuchanan04  Oct 7

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Replying to @ScotRenew @RuthDavidsonMSP

Are you having a laugh! Tories oppose renewable energy at every opportunity.

brian watters‏ @Brizerwatt1  Oct 7

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Replying to @ScotRenew @RuthDavidsonMSP

What an extremely bizarre decision, you know she supports fracking and is pro nuclear and her party is blocking renewable investment ?

For more information: https://twitter.com/ScotRenew/status/916272209886371840

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