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Scottish ministers' commitment to tackle fossil fuel funding overseas welcomed

But ‘if it is wrong to support fossil fuels overseas,’ Friends of the Earth Scotland says, ‘surely it is wrong to support them at home’

CAMPAIGNERS have welcomed Scottish ministers’ commitment to ending overseas business support for fossil fuel companies before the UN climate summit in Glasgow this year.

It came as part of the government’s Vision for Trade plans, presented to the Scottish Parliament by Trade Minister Ivan McKee on Tuesday.

Mr McKee said that overseas promotional activities solely focused on fossil fuel goods and services would cease in order to meet climate change commitments before the COP26 summit in November.

The pledge was welcomed by Friends of the Earth (FoE) Scotland, which also urged caution over exemptions to the rule “given the oil and gas industry’s clear intentions to continue business as usual.”

FoE Scotland director Dr Richard Dixon said: “It does immediately raise the question that if it is wrong to support fossil fuels overseas because of their climate impact, then surely it is wrong to support them at home …

“Scotland needs a bold plan setting out steps to phase out fossil fuel extraction and use in this country, while ensuring a just transition for workers and communities dependent on the industry.”

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