Britain must end all oil and gas extraction in the North Sea as a matter of urgency if it is to maintain its position as a credible climate champion. That was the stark warning issued by green campaigners yesterday in the wake of last week’s decision by Denmark to halt its exploration for new North Sea reserves as part of its commitment to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change. The Danish decision is an embarrassment for Boris Johnson who announced last week that Britain would take a lead in the battle against global heating by cutting national carbon emissions by 68% by 2030, a rate faster than any other major economy. However, the UK has not announced plans to end exploration in the North Sea for new gas and oil fields or to halt extraction there – despite the established link between global warming and fossil fuel extraction and burning.
Guardian 6th Dec 2020 read more »
Boris Johnson risks “rank hypocrisy” in his green policies after it emerged that British taxpayers are poised to underwrite an African pipeline which will produce the same carbon emissions as all UK flights every year. If it goes ahead it would be the latest oil and gas project to be funded by UK Export Finance, the Government’s export credit agency, which has committed £3.5bn in funding for fossil fuel projects since the 2015 Paris Agreement. The finance agency’s involvement with the fossil fuel industry threatens to undermine the UK’s credibility on climate change as it prepares to host the international COP26 summit in Glasgow next year.
Telegraph 7th Dec 2020 read more »