BBC Scotland today is headlining:
Scotland loses UK climate change lead, advisers warn
The extended report is based on the achievement of targets and a report indicating that many of these, recognised as more ambitious than those in the rest of the UK, have not been met.
By sharp contrast, in recent reports on A&E targets, BBC Scotland’s are full of falling line graphs as NHS Scotland struggles with the challenges it faces.
When they come to report today on climate change, for some reason graphs like this do not appear at all in the report:
Nor of course is there any sign of this kind of analysis:
However, in many areas progress on reducing emissions in Scotland is dependent on decisions taken by the UK Government. They have not gone far enough, fast enough. The Scottish Government will continue to push the UK Government to deliver progress on areas that are currently reserved – such as the development of negative emissions technologies, energy regulation, and reviewing the way transport is taxed – as well as ensuring the journey to net zero is prioritised in four-nations discussions.
From Net Zero Secretary Michael Matheson but trimmed to only this is paragraph 23 in a 30 paragraph report:
Mr Matheson said that in many areas progress on reducing emissions in Scotland was dependent on decisions taken by the UK government.
There was enough space for these brass-necked comments of course:
Meanwhile, Scottish Conservative Net Zero spokesman Liam Kerr MSP said the damning report showed the SNP-Green government were falling miles short in taking the action required to tackle the climate emergency.
Scottish Labour accused the Scottish government of “empty rhetoric” and warned that climate targets were “in danger of becoming meaningless”.