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UK should stop investing in overseas fossil fuel sector, says committee of MPs – Friends of the Earth reaction

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Commenting on today’s report by the House of Commons International Development Committee calling on the UK government to stop investing in the fossil fuel sector, Friends of the Earth’s international climate campaigner Rachel Kennerley, said:

“The UK government won’t be taken seriously on the climate crisis while it continues to fund fossil fuel developments overseas.

“Ministers must end these damaging investments completely, including pulling the plug on $1bn of public money pledged to help build a huge climate-wrecking mega-gas project in Mozambique.

“Instead, the UK government should increase climate finance and support for countries struggling with the impacts of climate breakdown and help them build the low-carbon economies that are so urgently needed.”

Earlier this year Friends of the Earth was given permission to go to court to challenge the UK government’s controversial decision to provide huge financial support to a massive liquified natural gas (LNG) development in Mozambique.

The scheme is already worsening violence and instability in the local area. The case will be heard 7-9 December in the High Court.


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