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Climate-change chief really should get out more


A SURVEY carried out for Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) by YouGov found that 70 per cent of Scots want greater action to tackle climate change.

That is no surprise, since surveys are always tailored to get the answer the client wants, otherwise they would not be published.

Tom Ballantine, SCCS chairman, said: ‘The Scottish government is failing to tackle climate change with the necessary urgency.’

Why does he pick on Scotland, which has a trifling 0.13 per cent of global emissions and is beating its targets, whilst a fossil-fuelled world awaits?

Some hints, Mr Ballantine: China and India, with 36 per cent of global emissions, have no intention of reducing them but instead are exploiting shale gas, opening coal mines and building coal-fired power plants. America, with 14.5 per cent emissions, has withdrawn from the Paris agreement so that makes more than 50 per cent of the world’s emissions uncontrollable.

Mr Ballantine really should get out more and use the plentiful SCCS funds to travel to China, India and America, where I am sure he would get a warm welcome.

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Clark Cross
Clark Cross
Clark Cross is a retired chartered accountant, finance director and managing director. He lives in Scotland.

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