Scottish Liberal Democrats have this evening expressed outrage over the scrapping of the £1 billion ring-fenced capital budget for the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) prize.
Following the announcement, energy spokesman Liam McArthur MSP said:
“The UK Government’s decision to axe £1 billion of funding ring-fenced for the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) competition is a catastrophe, not just for Peterhead and the north-east, but for the whole of the United Kingdom. The three sentences the government uses to explain its decision just shows how far down the list of priorities protecting our environment really is.
“Far from being the greenest government ever, this is now the greyest.’
Alison McInnes, MSP for North East Scotland, added:
“This is an attack on science and will have a huge impact on innovation in Scotland. The scheme would have put this country at the forefront of pioneering methods to reduce the effect of carbon emissions.
“There was no mention of this in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement this afternoon. Did the UK Government think it could just quietly scrap £1 billion of funding and hope no-one would notice?”