Barry Gardiner: For years, I have called out our government as a villain in the climate story. I have pointed out how UK Export Finance has given 99.4 per cent of its energy support to fossil fuels. I have railed at them for using billions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money to support fossil fuel projects across the globe: oil refineries in Bahrain, coal mines in Russia, gas projects in Mozambique and deals with Saudi oil barons. While claiming domestic success in reducing our emissions, the UK has used public money to worsen the climate crisis and lock other countries into fossil fuel consumption for decades to come. Now, I may have to change my tune. Word is that the prime minister may soon sign off a policy that will end this shameful practice. Opposition is about scrutiny and holding government to account. But if and when government responds to criticism and changes policy, the job of the opposition is not to continue to oppose. So if the UK is indeed about to end export finance for fossil fuels then we in the Labour Party should be gracious enough to commend them for it.
Times 17th Sept 2020 read more »
A report setting out the technologies needed to deliver a net-zero emissions energy system on the North Sea, highlighting the major economic opportunities this transformation offers, has been published. The Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) published the report with support from the Scottish Government which set out how new technologies can dramatically reduce emissions. It also noted how these technologies can be used to harness the full potential of the country’s natural resources.
The National 16th Sept 2020 read more »