Lorna Slater, co-leader of the Scottish Greens boasted last week that the power-sharing deal that catapulted her party into government presented the ideal opportunity to “show we can deliver”. Scottish businesses hope it doesn’t. Slater and her co-leader Patrick Harvie now have key government roles, which will enable them to implement many of their party’s key policies, including sharply reducing carbon emissions and introducing private sector rent controls. The Greens are firmly opposed to all new oil and gas developments in Scottish waters, although the power to control licensing rests with the UK government. Nicola Sturgeon has failed to publicly oppose drilling at the huge Cambo oil field off Shetland, but has called for Westminster to reassess all approved oil developments “in light of the severity of the climate emergency we now face”. Days after the shared programme was published, Oil & Gas UK, the industry group for North Sea oil, called on the UK government to approve 18 development licences, including Cambo, and support more investment in the ageing basin.
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