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Title: Climate Obstruction in Scotland: the politics of oil and gas
Author(s): Dinan, William
Esteves, Victoria
Harkins, Steven
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Editor(s): Brulle, Robert J
Roberts, J Timmons
Spencer, Miranda C
Sponsor: IBES Institute at Brown for Environment & Society
Citation: Dinan W, Esteves V & Harkins S (2024) Climate Obstruction in Scotland: the politics of oil and gas. In: Brulle RJ, Roberts JT & Spencer MC (eds.) <i>Climate Obstruction Across Europe</i>. New York, NY 10016, United States of America: OUP, pp. 57 - 79.
Keywords: Lobbying
public relations
corporate strategy
net zero
trade associations
trade unions
Issue Date: 2024
Date Deposited: 4-Jun-2024
Abstract: This chapter examines the evolution of climate change obstructionism in Scotland, a site of particular interest because of its political and economic context. This chapter will chart the history of Scotland’s climate change debate in general and obstructionism in particular, paying attention to the political economy of oil and gas extraction in Scotland in the 21st century. It will examine the role of interest groups such as trade associations representing the oil and gas sector, trade unions representing workers in extractive industries, and individual private enterprises (including some of the oil majors with interests in Scotland) in shaping the country’s climate debate and policy. It will also consider the connection between climate obstructionism and policy, examining climate delay and climate denial discourses in Scotland’s mainstream and social media
Rights: This is an open access publication, available online and distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial – No Derivatives 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), a copy of which is available at
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