Despite Independence ‘No’ vote, Friends of the Earth Scotland call for more powers over Scottish energy

Friends of the Earth ScotlandFriends of the Earth Scotland has called for more powers for Scotland over Scottish energy – despite the ‘no’ vote in Scotland’s Independence referendum.

Friends of the Earth Scotland Director, Dr Richard Dixon, said: “We hope that many of the huge numbers of people who have been engaged on both sides of the referendum campaign will continue to take part in the discussion about the type of country we want Scotland to be.

“The No vote means the start of a lively debate about what more powers might come to the Scottish Parliament. 

“Something missing from the promises so far is full control of energy policy in Scotland.  This would greatly help us on the way to 100% renewable energy. 

“Friends of the Earth Scotland will be pressing for this and other measures that would help Scotland become a greener, fairer place. We will continue to hold all our political parties to account for the environmental promises made to the Scottish people.

”Friends of the Earth Scotland was neutral in the  Independence Referendum debate and pledged to continue to work to protect the Scottish environment and fight for climate justice irrespective of the outcome.”

Dixon added: “The Scottish Government should redouble its effort at the UK and EU level to encourage far greater action on climate.  The UK Government must play a leading role in producing a just and ambitious international agreement on tackling climate change beginning next week with Ban Ki-Moon summit in New York, including promoting Scotland’s good example on climate and renewable energy targets.”

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