Friday, 27 September 2019

We are considerably greener than you!

From the BBC:

The Scottish government's targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions have been strengthened, as MSPs voted to put down a "net-zero" target in law.

The Climate Change Bill - which aims to have all emissions offset by 2045 - was passed by 113 votes to 0 at Holyrood. Ministers agreed to a Labour amendment to up the interim target, with members agreeing to target a 75% reduction by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. However, a Green bid to increase this goal to 80% was heavily defeated.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said the government was "putting in place the most stringent framework of statutory targets of any country in the world". The Greens abstained in the final vote, and said members should "not pretend this bill is anywhere near meaningful action to address the climate emergency".


If they really meant it, they could make a start by shutting down the oil wells and leave the fossil fuels in the ground.

8 comments:

DCBain said...

I couldn't possibly comment:
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A K Haart said...

To go hypergreen they could have a net-negative target by committing Scotland to absorb more CO2 than it emits.

Mark Wadsworth said...

DCB, amen to that. But she's Swedish not Norwegian.

AKH, exactly. No doubt in the next round of "We are considerably greener than you", politicians will start "committing" to negative CO2 targets.

Ralph Musgrave said...

If Nicola Sturgeon stopped talking, there's be a big reduction on CO2 emissions.

Also 500 scientists have put their name to a document which claims the man made global warming idea is extremely questionable and probably largely invalid. See:

https://climatechangedispatch.com/500-scientists-no-climate-emergency/

Mark Wadsworth said...

RM, it's too late. The Alarmist meme has become self-reinforcing. Those scientists are all "climate deniers in the pocket of big oil".

Rob said...

The Climate Change Bill - which aims to have all emissions offset by 2045 - was passed by 113 votes to 0 at Holyrood

Always a bad sign - unanimous votes on contentious lunacy like this.

However, a Green bid to increase this goal to 80% was heavily defeated.

75% was unanimous, but 80% "heavily defeated". Huh?

The Greens abstained in the final vote, and said members should "not pretend this bill is anywhere near meaningful action to address the climate emergency".

From 80% to 75% means it is "nowhere near meaningful". Again, huh?

Mark Wadsworth said...

R: "From 80% to 75% means it is "nowhere near meaningful". Again, huh?"

That bit absolutely baffled me. it's political correctness gone mad.

Unknown said...

"The Greens abstained in the final vote, and said members should "not pretend this bill is anywhere near meaningful action to address the climate emergency"."

I read that as the Greens having an attack of realism. It's just a vote, it isn't any form of meaningful action. They could vote for anything, like moving Scotland to a warmer part of the world, but it wouldn't mean anything would actually happen.