he Scottish Government must stop hiding behind Covid-19 and release details of ministerial meetings, the publication of which has been delayed for over six months, according to transparency campaigners.
Climate campaigners have branded the Scottish Government “disgraceful” for consulting the oil and gas industry on “choreography around COP26”.
Questions have been raised over the power and influence of energy companies lobbying Scottish ministers and special advisors.
The oil industry has lobbied the Scottish Government on “the importance of balanced messaging” in the run-up to the global climate summit in Glasgow.
The UK government has lost over £250 billion in 13 years by giving generous tax breaks to North Sea oil companies, according to an expert report.
Scottish ministers have rejected calls for a watertight legal ban on fracking, promising instead that they would use planning policy to block the technology indefinitely.
Scottish ministers have come under fire after extending a licence for the Grangemouth petrochemical giant, Ineos, to frack for shale gas in the central belt.
Ministers halted the hiring of a middleman to boost oil and gas business with Saudi Arabia amid mounting international outrage.
The Scottish Government has extended a licence for fracking across the central belt by the Grangemouth company, Ineos - but insisted it is still opposed to fracking.