UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has backed plans for new fossil fuel drilling off Britain's coast, saying in a Sunday newspaper interview he would be "pragmatic and proportionate" about reaching net zero.
His government is expected to approve the development of Rosebank, near Scotland's Shetland Isles — believed to be the UK's largest undeveloped oil and gas field — as well as other sites in the nearby North Sea imminently.
The prospect has infuriated environmental campaigners, who argue that stopping all new fossil fuel exploitation is essential if Britain is to decarbonize by mid-century.
They accuse the British leader of lacking conviction on climate policies and playing politics with the issue, as he eyes a general election due next year amid a cost-of-living crisis.
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