This year, Scotland is hosting the U.N. climate change conference (known as COP26), yet another attempt to keep climate change to the relatively manageable level of under 1.5 degrees Celsius hotter than pre-industrialization levels. The Scottish National Party (SNP), leading Scotland’s devolved government, has been determined to use the platform afforded by hosting this globally significant event to once again make the case for Scottish independence. The problem is there’s only one way Scottish independence might even begin to make sense economically: fossil fuels.

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