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Davidson Should Apologise to Green Industry Over Shameful Record
Ruth Davidson should answer for the long list of Tory failures on green energy as she faces industry figures today, the SNP has said – with her parties commitment to renewables “not even skin deep”.
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”.
“No credible political party can have anything to do with the GWPF or its supporters.”
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
No new money in the UK budget to support renewables
Commenting, Graeme Dey said:
“Ruth Davidson has a real brass neck facing the green energy industry considering her parties shameful record.
“The Tories are happy to hug a husky – but only to distract you while they try and frack underneath your garden.
“This is a party whose commitment to green energy is barely even skin deep.
“Scotland has enormous potential to be a global leader in renewables – it’s time for the Tories to stop pulling the rug from underneath this industry.”
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