Salmond Slams "Lack of Urgency" on Grangemouth
Action required from “asleep at the wheel” Scottish Government
Former First Minister, Alex Salmond, has demanded immediate action from the Scottish Government on the closure announcement of the Grangemouth refinery.
The ALBA leader, who intervened twice as First Minister to secure the future of the Grangemouth plant, said;
“There is a cost to the hostility of Labour, SNP and the Greens to any hydrocarbon production in the North Sea and one price is the closure of Scotland’s most significant industrial plant and the loss of thousands of highly paid jobs directly and through the supply chain.
Instead of refining our own hydrocarbon product range with all the environmental benefits of proximity, Scotland will soon import them from around the planet, with a far greater carbon impact. In addition the plans for a carbon capture and hydrogen hub at Grangemouth must now be at serious risk.
Not a single Scottish MP called at Prime Minister’s Questions saw fit to raise the issue of the closure of Grangemouth refinery while the Scottish Government look asleep at the wheel. They need to act now with urgency to secure Scotland’s industrial and energy base”