April 22, 2024

Rishi Sunak to set out details of the plans for the UK’s fossil fuel

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Rishi Sunak is to set out details of the government’s plans for the UK’s fossil fuel and green industries. It comes as some Conservative MPs have been calling for a rethink of the government’s green policies.

Anger over London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plans to extend the capital’s ultra-low emission zone (Ulez) was widely seen as helping seal victory for the Conservatives in the Uxbridge by-election.

Additionally, Environmental groups have expressed “deep alarm” at reports that the government may water down its green commitments.

Both Mr. Sunak and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer have urged Mr. Khan to reflect on the Ulez rollout amid ongoing cost-of-living pressures.

With intense heatwaves worldwide this month prompting climate change warnings, the backlash against Ulez has propelled net zero to the top of the UK’s political agenda.

The measures include investment to “power up Britain from Britain first”, making the most of the UK’s resources, and reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels.

Along with Energy Security Secretary Grant Shapps, the PM will meet senior representatives from the oil and gas, renewable energy, and nuclear industries over the course of the week.

However, The government hopes the meetings will ensure the UK is making the most of opportunities to boost its energy infrastructure and drive forward measures “to safeguard energy security and reduce reliance on hostile states”.

In conclusion, It said Mr. Sunak will set out how the UK’s industry expertise will create jobs, grow the British economy, and “ensure tyrants like [Russian president] Putin can never again use energy as a weapon to blackmail the UK“.


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