The rejection of new gas exploration in the UK by COP26 President Alok Sharma has been branded irresponsible and against the interests of the British people by the campaign group Net Zero Watch.
In an interview with Sky News, the COP 26 President, Mr. Alok Sharma, appointed by Boris Johnson, has refused to support new domestic production of natural gas in the North Sea (pictured).
This is in spite of the fact that Britain faces a deepening energy crisis, Russian gas blackmail, and the indispensable need for natural gas to support the UK electricity grid, where it guarantees the security of supply on dark cold low-wind days like yesterday (January 24) when wind power fell to extremely low levels across the whole of the UK and much of Europe as well.
Without domestic natural gas, the UK will become increasingly exposed to the regional European gas markets and to the political maneuvering of the Russian state.
Mr. Sharma has helpfully laid out the options before the Prime Minister.
On the one hand, dogmatic Net Zero zealotry that cannot accept the realities of the UK’s policy-driven energy crisis, and on the other the clear, pressing economic and security interests of the British people that require us to expand domestic production of natural gas in the North Sea.
Dr. John Constable, Director of Energy for Net Zero Watch, said:
“There is a huge gulf opening up between naïve, jet-setting green dreamers, such as Mr. Sharma, and the increasingly hard-pressed British people. The government has to choose a side, and on that choice hangs its future reputation and survival.”
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