SNP attack ‘shameful’ Tory record on renewables on eve of Scottish green energy speech

Ruth Davidson, MSP is also an honorary colonel in the TA
Ruth Davidson, MSP is also an honorary colonel in the TA

Ruth Davidson, MSP, the Conservative Party leader in Scotland, should answer ‘for the long list of Tory failures on green energy’.

On the eve of her speech at a Scottish renewable industry ‘green energy’ event, the SNP last night said her party’s commitment to renewables “is not even skin deep”.

SNP MSP Graeme Dey said: “Ruth Davidson has a real brass neck in facing Scotland’s renewable energy industry considering her party’s shameful record.

  • “The Tory’s record of shame on the environment includes: 
  • A Scottish Tory manifesto commitment to oppose the development of onshore wind – the lowest cost form of renewable generation
  • Signing off on a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point, locking bill payers into a 35-year contract at enormously bad value
  • Zealous support for fracking, despite the opposition of local communities
  • Betraying a promise of £1 billion investment in Carbon Capture and Storage technology, expected to be based at Peterhead – which would have created up to 600 jobs and capture up to 15 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions
  • Cutting subsidies to renewables, putting 1 in 6 jobs in the industry at risk – praised by the Scottish Tories, and:
  • No new money in the UK budget to support renewables.”

The Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland last week criticised the Tories for accepting a donation from the funder of prominent climate change sceptics the Global Warming Policy Foundation as “a disgrace”.

See also:

Tory leader in Scottish Green Energy ‘hypocrisy’ row after party MP accepts cash from anti-climate change group

30 Nov 2017


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