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by Louise Wilson
21 September 2023
FMQs: Douglas Ross and Shona Robison clash over oil and gas

Shona Robison was standing in for Humza Yousaf, who is in New York

FMQs: Douglas Ross and Shona Robison clash over oil and gas

Douglas Ross has accused the Scottish Government of wanting to "take jobs away" from oil and gas workers after First Minister Humza Yousaf told New York's Climate Week conference that Scotland would move away from the sector.

But Deputy First Minister Shona Robinson said winding down oil and gas was imperative to meet Scotland’s climate change ambitions, before accusing the UK government of putting net zero targets at risk.

The two traded blows at FMQs, with Robinson standing in for Yousaf while he is abroad.

The Scottish Tory leader argued it was better for climate change to utilise “our energy on our doorstep” and said the Scottish government was “turning sour” on the North Sea industry.

He added: “The SNP love to talk a good game but keep missing their own targets.”

But Robinson said Scotland has “only just missed” its target. She said Ross was “brave” for raising climate change following the statement made by the Prime Minister on Wednesday afternoon.

She added: "Changes in the announcements made by Rishi Sunak make it harder for us to reach our targets."

Sunak confirmed plans to scrap or water down several climate policies, including delaying the ban on new diesel and petrol vehicles by five years. He said the decisions were “pragmatic and proportionate” and would avoid families having to pay “unacceptable costs”.

But climate campaigners and experts, including the Climate Change Committee, have been highly critical of the announcements.

Meanwhile, Yousaf told Climate Week that Scotland would “transition from being the oil and gas capital of Europe to unleashing our renewable potential and becoming the net-zero capital of the world”.

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