Responding to today’s announcement from Oil and Gas UK, Friends of the Earth Scotland Climate Campaigner Caroline Rance commented,

“Today’s announcement by Oil and Gas UK is nothing less than a disgraceful, desperate attempt at greenwash. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so dangerous.

“Fossil fuel companies are cynically adopting the language of climate action but behind their spin they fully intend to still be pumping over 1 million barrels of oil and gas every day in 2035. Burning this oil and gas will take us well beyond the Paris climate goals and into complete climate breakdown.

“There is no such thing as a sustainable oil industry. In the midst of a climate crisis, everyone knows that fossil fuels must be kept in the ground. These mega-polluting corporations continue to put their profits above people and life on earth. What’s worse is that our governments are going along with it.

“It defies logic that the Scottish Government would do so much to urge individuals to reduce their emissions from burning fossil fuels in our homes and vehicles, whilst simultaneously encouraging ever more drilling for fossil fuels in the North Sea.

“Instead of continuing to waste millions of pounds of public money into prolonging the life of this climate wrecking industry, support should be redirected to rapidly developing renewable energy alternatives, ensuring decent green jobs are created here in Scotland and enabling a just transition for communities and workers.”

Notes to Editors

1. Oil and Gas UK press release: https://oilandgasuk.co.uk/oil-and-gas-industry-publish-blueprint-for-net-zero/

2. The ‘Sea Change’ report published earlier this year shows how the UK’s oil and gas drilling plans – and Scottish Government’s support for them – are incompatible with responding to the climate emergency.

It also demonstrates how, with the right policies, clean industries could create more than three jobs for every North Sea oil job at risk, which can enable an “equivalent job guarantee” for every oil worker. (May 2019) https://foe.scot/press-release/scottish-support-uk-oil-gas-drilling-incompatible-climate-emergency/

3. Friends of the Earth Scotland is
* Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning organisation
* An independent Scottish charity with a network of thousands of supporters and active local groups across Scotland
* Part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 75 national member groups, and some 5,000 local activist groups.