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Edinburgh Climate Coalition online public meeting: “Oil and Gas are Costing the Earth”
April 20, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Speakers: Michael O’Brien Citizens Advice Scotland
Ryan Morrison, Just Transition Campaigner, Friends of the Earth Scotland (tbc)
Suzanne Jeffrey, Campaign Against Climate Change, Trade Union Group (tbc)
Massive gas price hikes mean that millions are facing rising fuel poverty and, for some, the choice between keeping warm or eating. Meanwhile the oil and gas companies are raking in record profits. The government continues to shower them with cash subsidies and takes just a token amount off the bills of ordinary people.
With the impact of war on Ukraine on Russian supplies, the UK government and the oil companies want new oil and gas brought on stream rather than tackle our dependence on fossil fuels. This is a disastrous policy – it won’t work in the short-term, and it’s a route to climate destruction in the long-term.
We need a radically different approach, now:
• Tax the profits and use this to cut fuel bills
• Invest in renewables, house insulation, energy efficiency and free public transport.
• Start to take public control of the energy sector so that it can be rationally planned to meet human need and protect the planet.