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Oil and gas bill: ‘more clickbait politics’ that won’t bring down bills or improve energy security

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With MPs set to vote today on the government’s Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill, Jamie Peters, climate coordinator at Friends of the Earth, said:

“As people endure another winter of soaring energy prices, with last week’s plummeting temperatures especially hard for the millions struggling to afford to heat their homes, the Prime Minister’s relentless posturing and efforts to woo the oil and gas industry will do nothing to improve our energy security or lower bills.

“It’s yet more clickbait politics which offers very little of substance. This bill simply serves as a message that the government is siding with wealthy oil and gas companies, rather than showing the strong leadership needed to guide us out of the interlinked cost of living and climate crises. Far from being at the forefront of the global race to a zero-carbon future, the UK risks being left behind as other nations embrace emerging clean industries.

“Decisionmakers acting in our true economic interests would be investing in the sustainable sectors, and jobs, that will last the long-term – it’s no secret the oil and gas industry is on borrowed time. By unleashing the UK’s huge potential for homegrown renewable energy, and through a national drive to insulate our heat-leaking homes, the government can slash bills, lower emissions, improve energy security and boost the economy.”


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