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Sunak to unveil North Sea annual oil and gas licensing bill

I'm from London, but have lived in Liverpool for many years now. In these parts, with just reason, Rishi Sunak would be referred to as a Gobsh*te. Or that's one of the more polite epithets. According to the Urban Dictionary, the term means ‘Loud-mouthed person who talks a lot, but nothing with any value - as in shite coming out of their gob’. 

It's easy for me to feel massively aggrieved at this news, but it was expected. It's also largely pointless from an energy and energy security point of view, as the North Sea Transition Authority state, any output is traded internationally as a commodity, not piped straight to the petrol forecourts of the UK, as the right-wing press would have the plebs of our nation believe. 

I say pointless, but their is a point, and it's political grandstanding, and electioneering. Nothing more. Can you imagine how loathsome an individual you must be, to use the future of our way of life, our economy, our society, our planet, our children, as a tool to make sure you and your chums are re-elected. If only I believed in Hell, I could hope that there was a special place for people who trade the future of others for their own self-serving.  I'm not perfect, far from it, but it's hard not to moralise about such people. They lack so many decent attributes of a civilised human being, the list would be endless, but lacking integrity or any form of empathy are just two.

I probably shouldn't read and react so promptly, but…   Anyway, the good news is the energy and mobility transitions are unstoppable, and no ‘Gobsh*te’, whether in government or Shell or any other dark place, can change that. Our battle is not to win the transition, that's won, it's to do what we can do mitigate the damage these nasty and odious people do in the meantime.

If you want to scale your business in cleantech, or transition your career into one of impact, we're here to support you on our joint mission to make these people history.

However, the North Sea Transition Authority, the regulator, has acknowledged that any new licensing will do little to reduce Britain’s dependence on imports or affect prices of oil or gas significantly, given that the basin’s reserves are in decline and the commodities are traded on international markets.


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