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Labour Must Get Real After Fracking Intervention

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

GMB Scotland Tells Labour To Get Real On Fracking After “Sobering” Industry Intervention

Abandoning a balanced energy strategy will mean importing more gas from questionable regimes who have no regard for human rights or the environment says GMB

GMB Scotland has today (Wednesday 15 June) said its time for Scottish Labour to “get real again” on Scotland’s energy future after a sobering intervention by Ineos in response to the party’s lead for a ban on fracking.

This morning’s Herald reports that the chief executive of Ineos Upstream, Gary Haywood, has challenged Scottish Labour’s assertion that “the science is clear” against fracking, despite the Scottish government committing to consultations and studies ahead of a decision in 2017.

This latest intervention represents a growing response to the anti-fracking lobby in Scotland as voices from academia, industry and across the political spectrum echo GMB Scotland’s call for a sensible debate on the economic and employment opportunities of fracking.

Gary Smith, GMB Scotland Secretary said: “This sobering intervention from the industry is one that Scottish Labour would do well to take on board because the idea that we can heat our homes or run our industries without fossil fuels anytime soon is a nonsense.

Gas is around four times cheaper than electricity - it helps heat 78 per cent of all homes in Scotland - and I doubt any serious political party with ambitions of government would go to the electorate on a manifesto that proposes a fourfold increase on their heating bills.

Abandoning a balanced energy strategy will mean importing more gas from questionable regimes who have no regard whatsoever for human rights or the environment, never mind tackling fuel poverty or redistributing wealth in the form of job creation.

Some of the contributions earlier this month in the Scottish Parliament resembled a student politics pub debate and its time the party of labour got real again on Scotland’s energy future.”

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Contact: Peter Welsh, GMB Scotland Communications, on 07976 447077.

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