Commenting on the announcement that Rosebank, the UK’s largest untapped oil field, has been given the go-ahead by regulators, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:
“This is yet another setback in the battle against climate change. It confirms the government‘s total lack of commitment to achieving net-zero.
“There is no guarantee the new oil will benefit the country. It’ll still need to be sold on the international market, not only to UK consumers.
“Serious investment and a proper focus on renewable energy and decarbonised gases like hydrogen is the best way to lower emissions, reduce costs and protect the planet.
“This regressive move will not reduce a single energy bill. Instead, it spells doom for future generations, and further tarnishes the UK’s global record on climate change.”
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