Climate campaigning organisation Friends of the Earth Scotland has welcomed the draft cooperation deal between the SNP and the Scottish Green Party announced today. Some of the positives for the climate that the organisation has highlighted include the strong commitment on the need for a just transition and for Scotland to deliver on agreements of limiting temperature rise to 1.5C, bigger expansion of onshore wind capacity, more ambitious plans to increase walking and cycling with a budget of 10% of the transport budget, and strong action on changing heating from fossil fuels to renewables. A review of oil and gas extraction has been welcomed as a step in the right direction, but the organisation says it is essential that it is conducted independently. On carbon capture and hydrogen made from gas, the agreement is a disappointing compromise. “We welcome strong action on housing, heating, active travel and renewable energy, all of which will make a big difference over the next five years. Climate change demands urgent action in all areas of life and we hope that the SNP and Greens working together, including with two Green Ministers in Government, will be able to reduce emissions rapidly and ensure a healthy, liveable place for all.”
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The aim of the two Left-wing parties is certainly not to further the economic interests of the people of Scotland, whose precarious financial situation and massive financial deficit were highlighted this week in the annual Government Expenditure and Revenue report. All Nicola Sturgeon is seeking to do is use the Greens’ votes to manufacture the overall majority at Holyrood that the voters denied her in the Scottish Parliament elections in May. That way, she hopes to claim a mandate for a new referendum on Scottish independence – a vote that she has no power to hold without the permission of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Commons.
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The deal, which fell short of a formal coalition, will also involve the SNP making concessions to the Greens including a consultation on council tax reform, a new “wellbeing economy” index that the Greens hope will eventually replace GDP, and an accelerated timetable to abandon fossil fuels. Douglas Ross, the Scottish Conservative leader, described the deal on Twitter as “anti-jobs, anti-business, anti-families, anti-drivers, anti-oil and gas”.
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SNP-Green deal: Cautious, if muted, welcome from business community on agreement. The body that represents estate owners and land managers across Scotland has criticised “punitive” land reform measures detailed in the SNP’s power-sharing arrangement with the Scottish Greens. Scottish Land & Estates said while a draft policy programme offered some areas of optimism, both parties should resist pursuing “an ideological approach” rather than one that brings people together. While some predicted the deal would lead to a backlash from the business community and the oil and gas sector, the reaction so far falls somewhere between muted and cautiously welcome.
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Climate change: SNP-Green government deal brings hope but also fear – Scotsman comment. Given climate change is the most pressing issue facing Scotland and the world, the proposed co-operation agreement between the SNP and Scottish Greens brings a degree of hope. The SNP-Green deal, still to be approved by Green members, contains much talk of future targets, but there is a real need for greater focus on achieving the existing ones. The two new Green ministers must work to provide this. Turning the economy from one powered by fossil fuels to one driven by renewable electricity is a huge and important task, and not just for the sake of the climate. Our economy will be damaged if it clings too long to technology that is rapidly becoming out-dated and fails to embrace the ‘green cool of modern technology’, to paraphrase Harold Wilson.
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Deal between SNP and Scottish Green promises billions of pounds of investment in renewables, energy efficiency and public transport. The Scottish Greens and SNP have jointly promised to ramp up support for renewable energy, building energy efficiency, active travel and public transport over the next five years, after brokering a “historic” power sharing deal in Scotland today. The draft deal and policy platform published on Friday afternoon, which is expected to secure backing from MSPs in both parties, would take a Green Party into government for the first time anywhere in the UK, and is likely to soon see plans drawn up for a fresh Scottish independence referendum. Under the deal, the Scottish Greens’ co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater are poised to take seats in the Scottish Government alongside First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her SNP colleagues, with both parties promising to enhance the focus on tackling the escalating climate emergency.
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