CLIMATE campaigners are urging MSPs to commit to a transition away from the oil and gas sector ahead of today’s Holyrood debate. The SNP’s Net Zero, Energy and Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson, will today set out that the climate crisis is a “critical priority” for the Scottish Government. The Government has committed to Scotland becoming a net zero country by 2045 while 1990 levels of carbon emissions need to be cut by 75% by 2030. But environmental activists want a pledge to wind down oil and gas production as part of the strategy. A poll released this week found there is widespread support across Scotland for a commitment to slow oil and gas production and redirect support to renewable energy industries. Friends of the Earth Scotland’s climate and energy campaigner, Caroline Rance, said: “The climate emergency must be at the forefront of the new parliament’s focus, however silence on the future of fossil fuels is a glaring omission.
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