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Sturgeon's Indyref dream dealt another blow as Scots back UK for "cheap power"

The survey, commissioned by the Conservative Environment Network (CEN), revealed that more than half of Scottish voters (52 percent) think being a part of the Union makes it easier for Edinburgh to fund new green energy projects.

About 56 percent believe that being a part of the UK helps with energy trade, 55 percent hail the Union's benefits for upgrading clean energy infrastructure and just over half (51 percent), believe that it bolsters the development of new green technologies.

Liam Kerr, Scottish Conservative Cabinet Member for Net Zero, Energy, and Transport and MSP for North East Scotland, said: "Scotland can lead the global energy transition because it is easier to secure investment and to trade as part of the United Kingdom.

"We can already see the benefits of the Union for unlocking investment in our world-leading offshore wind sector, which is providing cheap power and thousands of skilled jobs across the UK.

"Having long been Europe's oil and gas capital, Aberdeen and the North East can also become the continent's net zero powerhouse at the forefront of new industries like floating offshore wind and carbon capture. It’s good to see Scottish voters recognise this vision can only be realised as one United Kingdom."

Sam Hall, director of the Conservative Environment Network, said: "Net zero is easier as one United Kingdom. By pooling our financial resources, trading renewable energy freely, and speaking as one loud voice on the global stage, the United Kingdom can be a more effective champion of climate action than if the country was broken up. Climate action is one of many reasons why we are better together."


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