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INDEPENDENT REPORT SLATES SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE 'GREEN' RECORD

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Green MSPs welcomed an independent report published today commissioned by Scotland's environment movement, which po...
Green MSPs welcomed an independent report published today commissioned by Scotland's environment movement, which points out major failings in the Scottish Executive's approach to sustainable development and green issues. The Executive is criticised for poor policies on the economy, on transport, energy and climate change, waste, air, freshwater and marine issues. The broad conclusion is that there remains a wide gap between rhetoric and reality.(1)

Shiona Baird, Green co-convener said: 'The conclusions of this report are consistent with Green Party assessment - that the Executive's overall programme is riddled with contradictions and hypocrisy. The Executive remains committed to a blinkered approach on the economy which ignores the damage that unsustainable economic activity causes. In the face of climate change in particular, such an approach is economically self-defeating and socially irresponsible as well as being environmentally unsustainable.

'The claim of 70% funding for public transport is discredited and support for renewable energy is inadequate. Even the apparent adoption of the Green Party's proposal for a green jobs strategy is being used to mask the number one priority for Labour and Libdem politicians - which is to prioritise the interests of business profits and GDP growth at any cost.

'To develop Scotland sustainably we need to see a lot more consistency and urgency in policy making - what we are getting is a muddled attempt to dress up business-as-usual. There is little substance to the so-called 'green thread' other than to emphasise the contradictions.

'The other opposition parties also suffer this hypocrisy, for example with senior SNP and Tory MSPs supporting major road schemes like the Aberdeen Western Bypass and other climate wrecking policies whilst claiming to care about climate change.'

The Report, 'Second Term, One Year On - government progress on the environment in Scotland', was produced by Citigate Public Affairs for 'everyone', the campaign which brings together environmental groups to get environmental concerns higher up the political agenda. For more information go to http:www.everyonecan.org

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