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Holyrood and Westminster reject oil drilling ban

Kraken oil field

Oil fields remain for some time

Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson have refused to sign up to an international alliance to halt new oil and gas drilling, insisting that there needs to be a gradual transition to clean energies.

The Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance added six members today during the UN climate conference in Glasgow, but did not get the support of any major fossil fuel producers, including the UK or Scottish governments.

There was criticism of their position from environmental groups, with Ms Sturgeon in particular being accused of double standards after her willingness to pose for selfies with campaigners such as Greta Thunberg.

However, Ms Sturgeon and the Westminster government noted that the alliance was formed by nations with little or no indigenous oil and gas resources.

They include France, Greenland, Ireland, Sweden, Wales and the Canadian province Quebec who join the group formed by Denmark and Costa Rica in September.

Danish climate minister Dan Jorgensen told Reuters: “It is our ambition that this will be the beginning of the end of oil and gas,” “We hope that this will inspire others.”

He said he was “in close dialogue” with Scotland in whose waters most of Britain’s oil and gas is concentrated while the UK government is in charge of oil and gas permits.

Other major oil and gas producers that did not sign the alliance were Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Britain has no plans to stop domestic oil and gas production, but is revamping the rules around licensing to reduce emissions associated with upstream production.

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