Sturgeon ‘extremely concerned’ about rising energy prices
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Speaking on Wednesday the First Minister shared her concerns over the impact of the gas shortage which she also pinned on Brexit as she claimed the Scottish government will do everything within their own powers to address the challenges posed by the crisis.
Ms Sturgeon said: “[I have] Quite significant concerns about the impact of rising gas prices both on industry…
“And obviously we have seen some very serious concerns about potential shortages.”
But in a stab at the union Ms Sturgeon alluded to how action ”on part of the UK government” played a role in the crisis.
She added how as a result the Scottish government are “seeking to understand more” about what went wrong.
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Ms Sturgeon went on to say how she had significant concerns for the impact on domestic energy users with the new price rises over the winter period.
She added how the next few months are “going to be really challenging” before blaming Brexit for “already hitting supplies” of food in supermarkets.
The First Minister went on to say how the situation unfolding is a “very worrying combination of circumstances” as she hit out at the governments handling of the crisis.
She added: “While many of these matters are reserved to the UK government the Scottish government is everything we can and everything we need to do to address these challenges.”
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Ms Sturgeon’s comments as Prime Minister Boris Johnson dismissed concerns over the growing gas crisis and fears over food shortages in the UK.
Speaking to GB News on Monday in New York he insisted he had “every confidence in our supply chains” before adding how he felt the UK “can manage the situation very, very well”.
He stressed how the gas shortages are a “symptom” of the pandemic and how surging demand for gas has led to energy chaos.
But he suggested as a result Britons should “pick their benefits” on energy this winter as he gave an example such as the British public not all putting the kettle on “after the Cup final”.
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The gas market is crucial to the UK’s energy supply because of its role in heating, industry and power generation.
It comes as in 2020, 38 percent of the country’s gas demand was used for domestic heating, 29 percent for electricity generation.
While 11 percent is ploughed into industrial and commercial use which is where concerns over food shortages are simmering.
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