20th January 2017
‘Environmental groups say Scotland’s draft climate change plan is too much of a technofix.’
That was Reporting Scotland’s opening line in their pretty negative report on Scotland’s new draft proposals to cut emissions. They had nothing to say about Scotland’s achievements so far and spent much of the time on another of their Primary 6 class lessons explaining to the viewers that energy generation, agriculture and transport were the main culprits. Raise your hands those in the class who knew that already? Oh, everyone? Watching school experience tutor writes: ‘lesson content not checked against previous knowledge – fail.’
The only environmental group representative we heard from was Tom Ballantine of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (Heard of them?) who said mildly:
‘I don’t think it does go far enough on areas like transport and agriculture’
The term ‘technofix’ was never repeated nor explained. I had a search to see if I could find it. It’s in the BBC website report once as in the above broadcast statement but not directly attributed to any group. I did find it in a WWF report from 2009 but other than that, only on other BBC Scotland reports.
However, across the rest of the media talking about Scotland and greenhouse gas emissions, I found a very different take and a much more encouraging story than Reporting Scotland’s almost instinctive negativity about anything Scotland achieves. From Business Green on January 19 2017, see this:
‘Scotland already leads the UK and many of its European neighbours in terms of its greenhouse gas emission cuts, having exceeded its 2020 carbon reduction target six years early by slashing emissions 46 per cent compared to 1990 levels by 2014.’
On the same day, the Guardian newspaper headlined and enthused with:
‘Scotland sets ambitious goal of 66% emissions cut within 15 years’
‘In one of the world’s most ambitious climate strategies, ministers in Edinburgh have unveiled far tougher targets to increase the use of ultra-low-carbon cars, green electricity and green home heating by 2032.’
Two days earlier, the Scotsman headlined:
‘We’re at forefront of a world of change.’
STV News on the same night (19th) was also free of attempts to find fault, opening with:
‘The Scottish Government is setting tough new targets for cutting two thirds of emissions by 2032. Ministers say it’s one of the most ambitious and detailed climate change plans ever but achieving it will mean everyone cutting their carbon emissions, using less power in their homes and at work.’
That last point seems to undercut and contradict the Reporting Scotland headline.
As for of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, comments by them in the same Scotsman piece finds them much more content, indeed glowingly impressed, with the Scottish government’s efforts so far:
‘The Scottish Government and Parliament are also unusual in their willingness to accept climate change is, first and foremost, an issue of justice. Scotland’s Climate Justice Fund was the first in the world, and provides welcome recognition of the need to address fundamental imbalances of power, resources and responsibility across the world when considering our response to climate change. That is why Stop Climate Chaos Scotland warmly welcomes the participation of Roseanna Cunningham, the Scottish Government’s cabinet secretary for environment, climate change and land reform, who spent the last few days in Marrakech sharing these, and other, positive Scottish examples with delegates from around the world.’
So, here we are once more, dismayed by Reporting Scotland’s desperation not to report favourably on the efforts of the SNP-led Scottish Government lest we think we’re kind of capable and could go it alone. Look at the praise for Scotland everywhere else in the media and recognise BBC Scotland News cannot be reformed but must be replaced.