Fracking is a technique used to fracture rocks using high pressure fluid so that oil and natural gas can be exploited where conventional techniques cannot be used. Exploitation of unconventional gas sources in general is of concern as it is likely it will result in burning more gas than is compatible with avoiding catastrophic climate change. Renewable alternatives may be ignored rather than transitioning to a low-carbon energy system. There are also many concerns regarding the use of fracking, these include: contamination of groundwater, methane pollution, concerns about the chemicals used in fracking, waste disposal and safety issues.... more
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. The aim of the agreement, according to proponents, is to create growth and jobs on both sides of the Atlantic by removing trade barriers to boost the buying and selling of goods and services, as well as investment in each of the economies. What the Scottish Green Party and many others fear is a situation where large, powerful companies are able to coerce and manipulate sovereign governments into doing their bidding; ultimately undermining national laws on food safety, environmental, health and financial regulation. The nature of the TTIP deliberations is also cause for concern as they are being negotiated privately in Brussels by the EU Commission, the executive body of the EU which is not subject to any public scrutiny.
The 2016 Scottish Parliament election is due to be held on Thursday 5 May 2016 to elect 129 members to the Scottish Parliament. The South Lanarkshire branch straddles two of the Scottish Regions. This campaign is for the South of Scotland Region to get our top two candidates on regional list, Sarah Beattie-Smith and Eurig-Scandrett elected (You can check if this is your region here) ... more