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"Rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic"

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It seems the SNP has failed the Thunberg Test and all that grandstanding has in fact been for nought. A shattering blow. Woke credentials in tatters. 

 

You'd think there would be some reward for the sort of posturing gymnastics performed by the SNP over climate change issues. Not so. It appears the bar has been set higher than even the mighty Sturgeon can reach. Cancelling reductions in air departure tax was the play, not good enough came the response.

 

 

Extinction Rebellion has likened the SNP’s climate change strategy to “rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic”.

The environmental group gave a withering attack on its green policies despite recent steps by the government. Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist, publicly shared Nicola Sturgeon’s declaration of a “climate emergency” and the Scottish government shelved a plan to cut flight taxes.

Roseanna Cunningham, the Scottish environment secretary, yesterday said that Scotland’s response to climate change must be “hardwired into our psyche”, although there were no new policies in her ten-minute statement.

She said tackling global warming is one of the SNP’s “top three causes” and that reversing climate change “requires transformative change”.

Ms Cunningham outlined the government’s decision to scrap plans to cut the flight tax by 50 per cent, a deposit return scheme, rail-freight industry funding, supporting low-carbon farming and funding for e-bikes, as steps towards combating climate change.

“For those saying this is not enough, what is your offer,” she told MSPs. “Work with us to bring on board those who are perhaps less convinced about the need for action; look at your own activities and those of your organisations and see what more you can do.

“For those saying this is too much and too expensive, the evidence shows that the global cost of inaction far outweighs the cost of action.”

Extinction Rebellion Scotland urged more radical action, although the group conceded this could lead to “hard choices” around how people travel, grow food and heat their homes.

The group said: “The Scottish government announcement today does nothing more than rearrange the deckchairs on the Titanic.

“Roseanna Cunningham said: ‘If it’s not enough, what’s your offer?’ Our answer is this: We can’t rely on politicians to do what’s necessary. That’s why Extinction Rebellion is demanding [a commitment] to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and creates a climate citizens’ assembly for Scotland.”

The Scottish government has agreed to a target of net-zero emissions by 2045, an aim experts described as the “most ambitious in the world”.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/snp-climate-plan-likened-to-arranging-titanic-deckchairs-8dt072gr9

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