Andrew Neil accuses Keir Starmer of posing as Greta Thunberg over North Sea opposition

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January 22, 2023 by oldbrew

Another victim of ’net zero‘ numptythink? Whether it’s gas, oil or coal, it’s always better to import fuel than use your own according to climate obsessives.
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Veteran Scots broadcaster Andrew Neil has blasted Sir Keir Starmer over his opposition to new North Sea oil and gas as he accused him of posing as „the British Greta Thunberg“, reports the Scottish Daily Express.

The UK Labour leader came under fire after he told a panel at the World Economic Forum that if he became Prime Minister he would block any new explorations in the north-east of Scotland.

He joined the SNP and the Scottish Greens in agreeing that the oil and gas industry needs to be shuttered in a bid for the country to achieve its net zero goals.

However, this would leave thousands of workers in the north-east jobless, with Rishi Sunak confirming that he is aiming to protect their livelihoods.

And now former BBC journalist Mr Neil has also been scathing in his criticism of Sir Keir as he pointed out that the National Grid needs oil and gas, and it would be more expensive to Brits if it needed to be imported in from abroad.

Writing in the Daily Mail and talking about Sir Keir and his shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves „strutting around“ the World Economic Forum, he said: „In yet another bout of the green virtuesignalling we’ve come to expect from most mainstream politicians on both the Left and the Right these days, they were adamant that Labour did not want any more investment in Britain’s North Sea oil and gas fields.

„It’s not clear they’ve thought this through. Note, for a start, that Labour is not saying Britain won’t need or use any more oil and gas. Just that it won’t come from our own resources when the current fields run out, for no new licences would be issued. It is a bizarre position to take.“

„Even those who subscribe, as Labour does, to the net zero mantra ‚whereby all our power needs will eventually be met by clean, renewable energy sources‘ are forced to admit that we will need oil and gas, if in somewhat diminishing amounts, for the foreseeable future.

„The boss of US megabank JPMorgan, Jamie Dimon, no stranger to bouts of virtue-signalling and wokery, bluntly told the WEF the world would need oil and gas for another 50 years and that not enough investment was being made in either if energy prices were to be reduced.“

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