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'Relentless pursuit of oil' puts environment at risk

29 May 2012

Reacting to the launch today of an oil & gas industry strategy for Scotland [1], WWF Scotland's Head of Policy, Dr Dan Barlow, said:

"This plan risks locking Scotland into a high carbon future and threatens our marine environment as we chase oil in more and more difficult and sensitive environments.

"Developing a zero carbon economy requires a strategy that focuses on ending our addiction to oil and gas, not seeking to squeeze every last drop from beneath the seabed. Our relentless pursuit of oil is at odds with Scotland's strong commitment to tackle climate change.

"With our fantastic renewables potential and scope to use energy much more efficiently, Scotland is well placed to make the transition to a clean and secure energy supply, create thousands of green jobs and protect households from rising bills. Rather than seeking to further develop and export our oil and gas we should be focusing on the vast opportunities to export clean renewable energy and technology solutions of the future."

Notes to Editors

[1] Scottish Government Press Release

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/05/oil-and-gas29052012

[2] Joint NGO report on energy strategy for Scotland: Power of Scotland Secured http://assets.wwf.org.uk/downloads/power_of_scotland_secured.pdf

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