South Gloucestershire Cabinet Member for Climate and Nature Emergency, Cllr Louise Harris, has vehemently condemned Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's decision to authorize hundreds of new oil drilling licenses in the North Sea. Expressing deep concern over the environmental impact, Cllr Louise Harris stated:
"The Prime Minister's approval of these new oil drilling licenses is a step in the wrong direction. We must prioritize renewable energy solutions and combat climate change for the sake of future generations. This decision will only pour fuel on a world already on fire"
Rishi Sunak's announcement comes amid growing global concerns about the effects of fossil fuel consumption on the environment. While the Prime Minister argued that supporting the North Sea oil and gas industry would enhance Britain's energy independence, critics fear that such measures could hinder progress towards achieving the country's climate goals.
Cllr Louise Harris, a well known environmental campaigner, emphasized the urgency of investing in renewable energy sources. She has called on the government to prioritize a transition away from fossil fuels and focus on promoting cleaner and greener alternatives.
The decision to grant new oil drilling licenses has sparked widespread criticism from environmental organisations and climate activists. Many argue that promoting domestic oil and gas production contradicts the efforts to combat climate change and the transition towards net zero.
Cllr Harris has called on South Gloucestershire’s three Conservative MPs to lobbying the Government to reconsider its approach and adopt more sustainable policies that align with global efforts to address the Climate Crisis.
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