Abandon maximum economic recovery of oil

There is enough oil to last for decades so the maximum extraction is for profit. However this is costing the earth and obviously that is an expense we cannot afford. 

Divert funds into establishing alternative fuel infrastructure for transport and housing. 

Break free from the oil and banking lobby. We have little chance of creating a safe world until the goverment is free from the influence of the opaque think tanks like the GWPF. They are not tranparent about who funds them and yet they influence government decisions on the environment. There is no place for vested interests in a global climate emergency.

Why the contribution is important

We have the technology available to establish alternative fuel infrastructure for transport and housing.

See zerocarbonbritain.co.uk and



by Simon on October 24, 2020 at 09:02PM

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  • Posted by Maggiedove October 24, 2020 at 21:33

    Many high tech jobs could be created for oil workers in the renewable industry, we need a just transition for the work force
  • Posted by JReilly October 25, 2020 at 07:29

    We cannot extract all the oil and have a livable planet.
  • Posted by lesliesoulfire October 25, 2020 at 08:05

    Agree strongly. Tell the truth and end oil subsidies for a start.
  • Posted by DerekP October 25, 2020 at 13:10

    International Energy Agency still shows fossil fuel subsidies 2-3 times higher than support for renewables development and implementation. There is also a "hidden" cost / subsidy of fossil fuels too - for every £10 of value a fossil fuel delivers, £8 has to be spent address the health implications (eg. from poor air quality) and £8 to address the environmental implications (flood defences, fire fighting etc). This £16 is generally paid by you and I, the taxpayer!
  • Posted by MaryScott October 25, 2020 at 16:09

    We simply cannot afford to burn all the oil and gas reserves that we already have; if we did then we would be in a situation of way past 2 degrees of global warming. The present expansion plans of the oil and gas majors would take us into a 4-6 degrees of warming scenario - a scorched earth with massive impacts especially on the global south but also on the poorest of our own country. We need a managed phase out of oil and gas coupled with a just transition which involves an actual plan which is worked out with workers and trade unions. We can't just give lip service to a 'just transition' , we need action on this that starts without delay. The climate emergency is not going to allows us to wait a few years till we have something sorted out.
  • Posted by JennyNicol October 25, 2020 at 17:32

    Encourage use of green energy and renewables. Make the subsidy as attractive to the renewable sector as possible.
  • Posted by Jon October 25, 2020 at 19:21

    Agree strongly, we need to keep 80% to 90% of fossil fuels in the ground.

    We should cease maximising extraction and call for an end for new exploration licences in Scottish waters.

    A recent survey highlighted 80% of workers would get out of the oil and gas industry. This is on a par with the general population being concerned about climate change. This to me looks like we have a significant proportion of workers in the industry and the general population echoing the same message.

    Engineering is a key skill in tackling climate change and we sorely need engineers in tackling our energy infrastructure, decommissioning oil rigs, sea bed equipment and other infrastructure,

    Engineering as a profession has been in decline for decades and yet one of the key skills sets we need is being left high and dry.

    Professions / skills sets that are needed are rail electrification and reopening rail lines, manufacturing electric buses, district heating systems, renewable energy to name just a few.

    Spain has demonstrated clearly that a Just Transition can work with the coal industry allowing some to cross train in renewable energy and others to take early retirement to close down a number of mines.

    Scotland should accelerate a Just and Green Transition.
  • Posted by SianMcKinnon October 25, 2020 at 19:59

    Stop subsidising the fossil fuel industry. Redirect that money into green energy and business that help to reduce our carbon emissions.
  • Posted by Eviaries October 26, 2020 at 00:06

    I agree with all the other comments. It is of vital importance to stop extracting and burning fossil fuels. There are no two ways about it it we want to have a chance of keeping below 1.5 degrees C.
    There could be so many jobs in the renewables - especially floating wind turbines in deep sea offshore - so much wind blows across the Atlantic. Plus all housing needs to be retro-fitted so it becomes zero carbon (eg. Energiesprong did a pilot scheme in Nottingham - check it out!)
    There is work on the land, regenerative farming and horticulture, which provide good local in-season food, while drawing down and storing carbon.
    Green lants are the air-conditioning of the planet; they can bring down global temperatures. (See the work by Walter Jehne on the soil-carbon sponge.)
  • Posted by Eviaries October 26, 2020 at 00:11

    Yes, all government ministers should attend a Zero Carbon Britain course (with the Centre for Alternative Technology). And all the Citizens Assembly folk too. And all local councillors. It should be taught in schools. It's all so possible, it's doubly tragic that governments are so timid that they have done nothing to alleviate the greatest threat the entire biosphere has ever encountered.
  • Posted by mravilious October 26, 2020 at 12:10

    Strongly agree. The assembly needs to be able to tackle the question of North sea oil extraction in the context of the climate and ecological emergency.
  • Posted by mravilious October 26, 2020 at 14:46

    Completely agree. Meaningful action on the climate emergency cannot happen when government is in bed with the fossil fuel industry. End the addiction, starting by moving from "maximising economic recovery" to "minimising extraction".
  • Posted by mameko October 26, 2020 at 14:48

    When the public hears politicians talking about how the climate crisis is real and how the government is doing all it can to address the issue, they are not often aware that The Petroleum Act 1998 (as amended in 2015) requires that the ‘recovery of oil and gas from UK territory is maximised’ (which would result in the extraction of a further 20 billions barrels from new fields, on top of the 5.7 billions already in operating oil fields), or that The Coal Industry Act 1994 requires that ‘an economically viable coal-mining industry in Great Britain is maintained and developed’. These acts are completely obsolete and need to be abolished, now!
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