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Britain to allow Big North sea oil field, despite climate concerns

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🗞️ Driving the news: The British government recently approved the development of Rosebank, a substantial offshore oil field, inciting mixed reactions
• While it promises a robust push for the UK’s oil and gas sector and significant economic benefits, environmental advocates express vehement opposition, citing incongruence with the global and national climate commitments

🔭 The context: Owned predominantly by Equinor, the Norwegian energy giant, with Ithaca Energy holding the remaining stake, Rosebank has remained undeveloped due to high projected costs and its challenging location in the northern North Sea
• A revamped, economical approach has revived the project, expected to commence oil production around 2027

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The approval has sparked intense debate, with environmental groups scrutinizing the government’s resolve to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with achieving net-zero emissions by 2050
• The decision reflects a broader tension between environmental conservation and economic and energy security needs

⏭️ What’s next: The development of Rosebank might pave the way for more exploration in the northern North Sea, but the continued approval of such projects remains contentious, especially with the opposition Labour party pledging to halt new oil and gas projects if it secures victory in the upcoming general election

💬 One quote: “This is yet another colossal failure of leadership from a government that seems determined to ignore the scientific warnings on the climate crisis,” (Friends of the Earth)

📈 One stat: The Rosebank project is projected to infuse around £8.1 billion in direct investment into the UK's economy, securing approximately 1,600 jobs during the construction phase and maintaining 450 jobs for around two decades post the inception of oil production

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