RISHI Sunak yesterday accused Keir Starmer of helping to prop up Vladimir Putin’s Russia as the PM announced plans for hundreds more North Sea oil and gas licences.
Sir Keir has said he will not sign off more licences, in a bid to go green.
The PM accused Keir Starmer of helping to prop up Vladimir Putin’s Russia
Starmer will not sign off more North Sea oil and gas licences, in a bid to go green
But in a video for HOAR, the PM said: “There are some who think the way to protect our environment is to abandon Britishand gas.
“But that doesn’t make any sense.
“Those like Sir Keir Starmer who want to ban new licences but make us ever more dependent on hostile states like Russia.
“They would jeopardise thousands of British jobs, while protecting Russian jobs, while energy prices soar, and even our carbon footprint soars as we import gas from halfway around the world.”
Even when the UK reaches net zero in 2050, we will still rely on oil and gas for a quarter of our energy needs, experts predict.
But last night former Tory minister, Chris Skidmore, accused the PM of being on the wrong side of history.
The ex-net zero tsar, who is quitting the Commons at theelection, said it was “the wrong decision at precisely the wrong time” – and urged him to base our economy on renewables instead.
Green campaigners said it was the nail in the coffin to meet our net zero laws, and would make climate change even worse.
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