The UK’s approval of North Sea oil and gas licenses, including for a major Conservative donor’s subsidiary, sparks controversy. Critics question environmental impact, conflicts of interest, and adherence to climate goals.

N ew oil and gas licenses in the North Sea raise questions about energy security, climate commitments, and political influence.

The North Sea, once a symbol of Britain’s industrial might, is now at the heart of a heated debate. The government’s recent approval of drilling licenses for 17 oil and gas companies, including a subsidiary linked to a major Conservative donor, has ignited a firestorm of criticism. This decision goes against the advice of climate advisors and raises crucial questions about energy security, environmental impact, and potential conflicts of interest.


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