UK floats ‘climate compatibility’ test for new oil and gas drilling

Having put the climate millstone round its neck, the UK government tries to avoid totally sabotaging a productive industry, partly by pointing to its net importer status.
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The UK government says new oil and gas licensing can fit with its climate commitments. Campaigners, citing the International Energy Agency, disagree says Climate Home News.

The UK government has launched a consultation on “climate compatibility” tests for new rounds of North Sea oil and gas drilling licences, ignoring calls to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

Prime minister Boris Johnson recently told the COP26 climate summit “let’s keep 1.5 alive”, calling on leaders to uphold the strongest temperature goal of the Paris Agreement.

The International Energy Agency advised this year that there was no room for new oil and gas production in a 1.5C scenario.

Yet ministers are seeking to justify further development of offshore oilfields on the basis they will be less carbon intensive than imported hydrocarbons.

“This has to be a transition, not extinction,” tweeted business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng. “Turning off the taps would put energy security + British jobs at risk – and leave us more reliant on foreign imports.”

An attempt, led by Denmark and Costa Rica, to get countries to promise to end fossil fuel production at COP26 ended up covering just 0.2% of global oil production.

Rather than join that club, the UK government is proposing a checkpoint before further rounds of licensing, with the decision to proceed or not based on six criteria.

Continued here.

via Tallbloke’s Talkshop

December 28, 2021 at 06:57AM

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