‘Can’t call yourself a climate leader!’ said Sturgeon, referring to plans for a “dirty” oil field.
Activists have attacked NICOLA STURGEON, claiming that “you cannot call yourself a climate leader” unless you oppose plans for a massive new oil field in the North Sea.
At the Govanhill Carnival in Glasgow, a group of demonstrators from Green New Deal Rising and the Stop Cambo campaign addressed Scotland’s First Minister, asking why she was allowing “huge corporations to benefit from filthy energy.” Shell and Siccar Point Energy, backed by private investors, are anticipated to get final approval to start producing at the Cambo field just before COP26. If granted the go light, campaigners claim that the Cambo site could produce up to 255 million barrels of oil throughout its lifetime.
They predict that to offset the 132 million tonnes of CO2 emissions that may be produced, a land area 1.5 times the size of Scotland would be required.
“Look, I’m not going to stand here – it’s not a matter for the Scottish government,” Ms Sturgeon responded when asked if she would reject the plans.
“We’re debating all of these issues and trying to make the best conclusion possible. There’s no doubt that we need to get out of here.
“I understand that there are difficult questions to ask about whether things like that are comparable. There are difficult issues for everyone of us to deal with and make judgments about.”
The SNP leader was then questioned by one of the activists as to why she would not commit to opposing it.
“You can have a politician who says to you what you want to hear because you are standing here, or you can have a politician who says I do hear what you say, and I have a lot of compassion for it, but there are concerns as First Minister that I have to make sure I properly consider,” Ms Sturgeon added.
“And that is exactly what I intend to do.”
“We are totally committed to having a net-zero economy by 2045,” a Scottish government official subsequently stated.
“While this is ultimately a reserved area, any Scottish government support for North Sea oil and gas companies is contingent on them contributing to a sustainable and inclusive energy transition and guaranteeing a stable energy supply.”
They stated that the oil and gas industry might play a “positive role” in Scotland’s energy transition by assisting in the design of the diverse energy grid that the country need. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”