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McArthur: SNP join Lib Dems in rejecting fracking

October 24, 2017 6:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today claimed a campaign victory as the Scottish Government heeds calls to end fracking.

Mr McArthur has also welcomed cross-party support for his amendment which called for Scottish Government policy to focus on renewables, establishing sustainable energy supplies and creating green jobs.

Speaking in the debate today, the Liberal Democrat MSP said the amendment would provide "further confidence about the longer term robustness of the ban while also setting it in the wider context of the energy strategy we need".

Speaking after the Scottish Parliament voted to end fracking, Mr McArthur said:

"While it has been a long time coming, the Scottish Government has undertaken the necessary journey across the political landscape on fracking.

"Ministers are right to end the threat of fracking and to agree with Liberal Democrats that opening up a whole new front of carbon-based fuels and energy production would do nothing to help meet our climate commitments.

"Liberal Democrats will now be leading the calls for the government to stump up the investment needed for the development of the range of renewable energy and storage technologies Scotland will need to deliver a sustainable energy system and secure the jobs and wealth creation that come with it."