Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the supply of oil and gas could not be completely ruled out, during an interview ahead of the UN’s COP26 climate summit.
In a Ted Talk in Edinburgh earlier today, the minister failed to say she opposes the Cambo oil field development the UK government is planning.
Earlier this week, Glasgow-born actor and activist Peter Capaldi said the government’s plan to build an oilfield in the Shetland Islands was “unscientific and potentially disastrous”.
Ms Sturgeon said the immediate shutdown of oil and gas supplies would lead to increased imports and unemployment.
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She said, however, that Westminster must reassess the issuance of licenses to extract fossil fuels from the North Sea given their environmental impact.
“We need to be careful not to leave people and communities behind in this transition,” she explained.
“We have to be careful not to switch domestic production to imported oil and gas – that would be counterproductive.
“So how we make the transition matters, but we can’t go on as usual, because if we keep telling ourselves that we can rely on fossil fuels forever, then we will never make that transition and this is the key point we have to address.
She said that if “big countries matter … the leadership of small nations matters too,” she said, referring to how a “coalition of states and cities kept the momentum” when the then-US President Donald Trump officially withdrew from the Paris Agreement. in 2019.
She said: “If we raise our ambition and pursue it with actions, then we can inspire the bigger countries to go further and faster as well.”
She said world leaders must leave the historic climate summit, which is due to start in Glasgow later this month, able to ‘look the next generation in the eye’, knowing that they have done their best. to tackle climate change, adding that “the agreement coming out of Glasgow must – in detail, not in rhetoric, in detailed funding commitments and in other commitments – have the capacity to achieve the Paris goal. ”
This morning, the Environment Agency released a new report that said the UK must ‘adapt or die’ before the weather changes. The newspaper warned that climate change was already leading to more extreme weather conditions. He said this would lead to increased flooding and drought, sea level rise of up to 78cm by the 2080s and public water supplies requiring more than 3.4 billion liters of water. per day by 2050. He urged governments, businesses and society to embrace and invest in adaptation, rather than living with the costs of inaction.