RUTH Davidson has been criticised for committing her party to building two new nuclear power stations in Scotland without giving their cost or saying how they would be paid for. The Scottish Conservative leader included the pledge among a package of environmental measures designed to protect the environment and tackle climate change. The Global Challenge, Local Leadership policy paper said the Tories were the only pro-nuclear Scottish party and promised to support “new nuclear power plants at Hunterston and Torness”. Published to mark Scottish Environment Week, the Tory paper said natural resources could not be used at the current “unsustainable” rate, and more must be done to cut fossil fuel use. An SNP spokesperson: “Considering the eye-watering bills the public face for the Hinkley Point vanity project in England – which could cost the taxpayer as much as £37bn – it’s staggering that the Tories want their own white elephants nuclear projects in Scotland without any detail on when, where, how or who will pay. “The Tories have an appalling record on the environment. If Ruth Davidson wants to be taken seriously, she should call on her Westminster colleagues to fulfil their broken promise on Carbon Capture investment and to reverse their cuts to support for renewable energy.” Green MSP Mark Ruskell MSP said the Tory proposals were cynical “greenwash”. He said: “The frackers’ friends, the Tories, have no environmental credentials.
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The Scottish Conservative party has launched a major new policy on energy and the environment – in a move that could replace parts of the SNP-Govt’s own draft Scottish Energy Strategy, while dove-tailing with other parts of it. Proposals include: A step change in support for BPVs (battery powered vehicles), including incentives for electric car ownership – such as free town centre parking and allowing use of bus and taxi lanes; a new fund to expand BPV charging points across Scotland and urges public bodies to consider electric vehicle ownership; A target to ensure 50 per cent of Scotland’s energy comes from renewables by 2030, with individual targets for heat, transport and electricity sectors; Support for nuclear as part of a low carbon economy – with new plants at Torness and Hunterston; New developments to maximise solar energy capture and install heat pumps in design considerations; Backing for 10 per cent of all the Scottish Government’s capital budget to be spent on energy efficiency measures – with the aim of ensuring all homes are energy efficient by 2030.
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Free town-centre parking for electric cars, the creation of new nuclear power plants and a target for half of Scotland energy to be produced by renewables are among Scottish Conservatives’ plans to protect the environment and tackle climate change.
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