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

Posted: January 22, 2023 by oldbrew in climate, Critique, Energy, net zero, Politics
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North Sea oil platform [image credit:]

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.”

Full report here.

  1. saighdear says:

    Sir Keir Rodney Starmer is a British politician and barista who prepares and serves espresso-based coffee flavoured drinks, who has served as Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party since 2020. blah blah blah . Not content with coffee, he serves up so much rubbish and it seems he doesn’t Really want to lead the UK Gubbermint after the next election, davause he thinks that the West minster blob are what I forgot. How Dare You, Rodney! We’d be better with your totem pole!

  2. Curious George says:

    Excuse a poor Yankee .. is Sir the same thing as Lord?

    [reply] no

  3. Philip Mulholland says:

    We don’t have His Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in the UK Parliament, only His Majesty’s Loyal Uniparty.

  4. ivan says:

    I don’t understand all these WEF green idiots, it is almost as they are incapable of logical thought, but then if might be because they think the earth is overcrowded and they need to reduce the numbers of slaves.
    If they could think they should be prompting all new thorium reactors to provide power but they can’t do that because in their manual it says that all things nuclear are bad. They don’t realise that all the unreliable renewable sources are the bad things.

  5. oldbrew says:

    ‘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’

    An employment opportunity for Brits in the North Sea oil/gas fields then, if fracking has to be taboo. But *Labour* leader with net-zero delusions says no 🙄

  6. oldbrew says:

    Wind power is just over 10% of UK electricity (gas 54%) as…

    Mass flight cancellations at Heathrow as temperatures plunge to lowest in a decade
    Severe disruption for thousands of passengers amid freezing fog
    23 January 2023

    The mercury at Heathrow dropped as low as -8.4C overnight, thought to be the lowest it has seen in ten years.

    The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for fog from midnight until 11am for south-east England and much of London.
    . . .
    Temperatures will plummet once again on Monday night with a minimum of -6C in London, the Met Office said, bringing more freezing fog on Tuesday.
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    Coal power stations fired up and customers paid to cut energy use in UK cold snap
    Sun 22 Jan 2023 22.47 GMT

    With a high-pressure weather system and associated light winds likely to dominate for a few more days, National Grid’s electricity system operator (ESO) said early on Sunday it had asked Drax to start “warming” two of its coal units at its North Yorkshire site and EDF to do the same for one at its West Burton plant in Nottinghamshire to ensure supplies on Monday.

    Wrong kind of weather? Burn coal.

  7. saighdear says:

    @oldbrew: yes and where’s all the BIOMASS power gone ? Almost ( PLUS) +10C here this now but still ground is frozen ( almost 6 weeks = Permafrost ? ) despite these mild temps with a LITTLE wind ( 20mph) at times to move things on – thought the frost would have lifted. Clearly radiation FROM soil is greater than incoming heat from Sun / Tropical air. Ah! The CO2 Mols have been blown away therefore no heat blanket ( who needs one when there’s warm air blowing from the South )

  8. oldbrew says:

    National Grid puts coal plants on emergency standby

    The coal plants will prepare to operate if required as temperatures dip below zero and demand soars.

    They’re running at >2% of total supply now. Southern England is the coldest part of the UK today.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Starmer’s irrelevant posturing as seen by the rest of the offshore oil/gas world…

    Source: The Offshore Oil Business Is Gushing Again – WSJ
    Rigs that haven’t been used in years are setting out to sea as demand for energy surges.
    02 23 2023
    ‘Everyone started drilling again.’

    Check out those day rates 😲

  10. oldbrew says:

    EIA: US crude oil production will increase to new records in 2023 and 2024
    26 January 2023
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    Not throttled by Starmer-type policies then.

  11. oldbrew says:

    As of now wind power is on 5.3% of electricity generation, imports 13.2% and gas 51.4%. Starmer and the green blob want to choke off the gas supplies, or get them from anywhere except the UK.

    Given the vast sums spent on it in the UK, how is that an advert for more wind power? 🙄

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