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Green proposals hit the right note on Climate Day

April 18, 2016 11:59 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scotland has some of the best green targets in the world but the hard truth is that they have been missed for the last four years. This needs to change.

If Scotland is going to be the best again we need to start meeting our climate change goals.

Climate change is one of the greatest threats to the planet's future but neither the Scottish nor the UK Governments seem to want to place the fight against it at the top of the agenda.

Just days after returning from the groundbreaking Paris climate change talks, the First Minister cut the budget for tackling it by £50 million.

Why would voters believe the SNP can turn things around with a track record like that?

Liberal Democrats have been very clear on the steps that we'll take to cut emissions - creating warm homes, supporting renewable heat and electricity generation and delivering low-carbon transport.

Our main priority is improving the energy efficiency of Scotland's homes.

We will introduce new building standards and create catch-up zones so remote and island communities get the support they need to tackle fuel poverty.

We're also focusing on boosting renewable heat and electricity generation in new and innovative ways. We will adopt the first ever industrial heat strategy and use geothermal heat from disused coalmines.

And we have made our opposition to fracking on environmental grounds clear. We need to invest in renewables, not new ways to burn fossil fuels.

The Scottish Government cannot bury its head in the sand any longer. Scotland cannot afford to wait.

If we are to leave a sustainable legacy for our children we need bold action to tackle climate change.