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Going Local: SNP hope to win back Falkirk council but fracking may play big part

The Kelpies, the world’s largest pair of equine sculptures, at the Forth and Clyde Canal

BOOSTED by a membership surge which followed the independence referendum, the SNP is hopeful that come next month it will seize control again of Falkirk Council.

12:00am Saturday 22 April 2017

Westminster's post-Brexit power grab could end Scotland's renewables ambitions

Renewable generation in Scotland has increased fourfold since 2000. In 2015, 59 per cent of the gross annual consumption came from green sources   Photograph: Getty

SCOTLAND’S booming renewables sector is at risk if the UK Government persists with plans to take environmental protection powers coming from Brussels rather than hand them to Holyrood, the head of a leading environment charity has warned.

12:00am Wednesday 5 April 2017

Andy Wightman says Green Investment Bank's credentials are in tatters after takeover

Green MSPs Andy Wightman, left, and Patrick Harvie

THE new owners of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) were forced on the defensive yesterday after an MSP claimed their green credentials were “now in tatters”.

12:00am Friday 21 April 2017

Four-month public consultation on Scottish fracking is now under way

Four-month public consultation on Scottish fracking is now under way

A FOUR-MONTH-LONG public consultation on the use of fracking was launched yesterday by the Scottish Government with a final decision on the controversial gas extraction technique expected to be made by the end of the year.

12:00am Wednesday 1 February 2017

Scottish Government launch fracking consultation

The fracking plant in Lancashire. Photo: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

MINISTERS today launched a four month public consultation on the use of fracking in Scotland with a final decision on the controversial gas extraction technique expected to be made by the end of the year.

5:31pm Tuesday 31 January 2017

We're greener than the Greens, claim Labour

Labour environment spokeswoman Claudia Beamish

THE Scottish Greens shrugged off an attack from Labour yesterday after Kezia Dugdale’s party accused them of abandoning their eco ethics to become SNP axemen.

12:00am Saturday 11 March 2017

Letters II: How will the rest of the UK cope without importing Scotland's energy?

Peter Mandelson has issued dire warnings about England ceasing trade with Scotland in the event of independence

WHEN I hear thon couf that’s ca’d Laird Mandelson spouting his threats about what will happen to too poor, too wee and too stupid Scotland if kind and generous England stop trading on Scottish independence, I am amazed no-one asks him just where…

12:00am Wednesday 22 February 2017

Letters II: Let’s respond to Brexit and Trump with a fresh determination

Deal-maker: Donald Trump

COMBINED with Brexit, Donald Trump’s first days as US President have surely given the new leaders of the Yes2 campaign an urgent agenda.

12:00am Monday 6 February 2017

Cat Boyd: Scotland’s oil was squandered for the sake of corporate profits

Oil and gas brought well-paid jobs to Aberdeen and the north-east but only in the short term

‘IT’S Scotland’s oil,” the SNP announced in the 1970s, but the slogan was always more of an aspiration than a reality. North Sea oil never really belonged to Scotland. It never really benefited Britain either: even when oil revenues were…

12:00am Tuesday 14 February 2017

Michael Fry: The US constitution built on checks and balances can be a lesson to us

An American hero: District Judge James Robart

THE worrisome start to Donald Trump’s presidency has lessons for Scotland too. He threatens a constitutional upheaval in the world’s oldest republic, but it is only the scale of his country and the importance of its global role that makes the…

12:00am Thursday 9 February 2017
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