Debate night audience member: SNP ‘very good at rhetoric’
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The BBC Debate Night audience member said: “It’s great you talk about a tax on private jets.
“But meanwhile a Scottish Government owns Prestwick Airport, which is letting them land and take off for free.
“The SNP is very good at rhetoric on the environment, but you’re cutting 300 rail services a day from next year.
“You’re not rolling out the Cambo oil field.”
READ MORE: BBC audience member shames COP26 leaders over climate hypocrisy ‘They caused crisis’
He continued: “You’re letting private jets land and take off for free at Prestwick.
“When is the reality gonna match the rhetoric?”
A significant number of world leaders and delegates have used private jets to travel to Cop26.
This has caused criticisms among environmentalists who question the amount of damage these planes leave to the planet.
Flights produce greenhouse gases, mainly CO2, which contribute to global warming.
Dr Debbie Hopkins from Oxford University said: “A huge amount of fuel is used during takeoff and landing of a plane, no matter how many people you have on board
“So an already polluting mode of transport (commercial aviation) becomes even worse (with private jets).”
UN Foreign Secretary Liz Truss stressed that face-to-face talks were essential for “crunch negotiations” at the climate summit.
Nicola Sturgeon has been accused by Scottish Conservatives of putting newspaper adverts for Scottish independence during a summit focused tackling the climate crisis.
The first minister denied this and said the ads were signs of “welcome” to leaders to Scotland.
She said : “I think there is a difference. This conference is about climate change and I don’t think anybody hearing or listening or speaking to me over the course of yesterday or today would think I’m focused on anything other than that.”
The advert claimed: “While not yet an independent nation, we’re more than ready and able to play out part on the global stage at Cop26.”
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