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8th September 2020
Environmental campaigners have criticised the news that Aberdeen City Council is seeking advice on reducing climate emissions from fossil fuel producer BP. Last week BP were awarded three licences to look for more climate-wrecking oil and gas in UK waters, critically undermining their claims about transitioning away from fossil fuels.
Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland said,
“BP have been responsible for a significant fraction of the climate change the world has suffered, partnering with BP to reduce emissions is like asking a car salesman to help you design public transport.
“BP’s previous flirtations with pretending to be serious about climate change have all turned out to be PR spin and this looks no different, with plans to use fossil fuels to make hydrogen for transport already obsolete in the face of the rise of electric vehicles and the threat of even more incineration wasting resources that should be recycled.
“The Council’s intentions might be laudable but there are many more neutral partners Aberdeen could have chosen, this just looks like falling for BP’s greenwash.”
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