Scottish Labour has claimed a ban on fracking in Scotland would “send a message to the world”. The party’s environment and climate change spokeswoman is bringing forward a member’s bill calling for shale gas extraction to be outlawed. Environmental group WWF has welcomed the announcement, but the Scottish Conservatives’ energy spokesman Alexander Burnett branded opposition to fracking “short-sighted” and “dogmatic”. Labour MSP Claudia Beamish, who announced the contents of her bill yesterday, insisted her opposition to the controversial practice was based on scientific evidence. She said: “Scotland can send a message to the world by banning fracking. That’s why I am announcing my proposal on the day that the global Paris Climate Change Agreement comes into force. “This is about the kind of Scotland we want to leave our grandchildren. “The science is clear, we don’t need another fossil fuel and we need to transition to clean energy.” There is a moratorium in place on fracking in Scotland, but Ms Beamish said she hoped the SNP would support her bid for an outright ban.
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