In Insider today:
‘A report by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) indicates a change in the pollutants emitted by Scottish regulated businesses as the country moves to become more sustainable and resource efficient. Greenhouse gas levels have reduced 57% since 2007 when 26 Megatonnes (Mt) of pollutants were released. The 2017 total was 11 Mt. The largest decrease, according to the data, was in 2016, with Longannet power station only operational for the first few months of the year. There was a further reduction of 6% (just under 1 Mt) in 2017 as the first full year with no emissions from the plant.’
A major factor in this will have been the recent dramatic increases in electricity generation from renewables. For more see:
Scotland’s wind energy smashes through 100% threshold but fails to bother BBC Scotland
BBC Scotland have only murder on their minds as Scotland’s wind turbines produce enough power on one day to power three times more homes than we have!
And, intriguingly, might this development have had unintended but beneficial consequences? See this from a year ago:
As major global cities like London struggle with pollution, levels in Scotland have dropped by more than 66% since 1990. Has this contributed to falling crime levels too?
Footnote: I used to work in Longannet (Long Annet NOT Long Gannet!)
Now, that’s an interesting association – greenhouse gas emissions and murder rates… (thinking emoticon)…
The evidence might be there for lead but carbon?
Ah, I missed that the above comment is needing moderation, sorry if Ive messed up your moderating actions John, but chances are you’ve been slacking off anyway. (Oooo wild accusations 😉 )
Strategy no. 3 for the coming year: fully back full membership of the EU. Again on the principle that policies such as this will be sorted properly after independence has been achieved, and the stability of being within the EU affords us ready-made trade deals and already established funding establishments (research, universities, farming etc etc), and a say, a proper say, in the EU regulation & I like the idea of tax transparency rules to cut down on money laundering. So in the first place, to get us started, EU membership is a good thing.
I think all my strategies so far are just one, ‘pretend we will be maintaining the status quo’. Further thought is required. I just don’t believe there is any point in arguing after-independence policy before the fact. Yes we can explore potential options and preferences, but they are irrelevant to the actual bringing about of independence.
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