Rosebank would be a disaster for the environment say Scottish Greens

The Scottish Greens have reiterated their calls for the controversial Rosebank oil field to be rejected by the UK Government on climate grounds.

They say massive wildfires from Greece and Tenerife to Hawaii and Canada, coupled with recent floods in Norway and soaring Ocean temperatures across the globe in recent weeks are further evidence of the need to reduce - not increase - emissions.

Rosebank is the biggest undeveloped oil and gas field in the North Sea. The UK Government has approved licenses for more than 100 new oil and gas licences.

The Rosebank field holds nearly 500 million barrels of oil and could become operational in 2027. Campaigners and scientists have been campaigning for months for the Tories to reject it. 

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“Developing and drilling Rosebank would be a climate disaster. If we want to have a liveable future then we must end oil and gas exploration, and drastically cut our dependence on planet-wrecking fossil fuels

“Unfortunately the powers to stop Rosebank sit with the Prime Minister who has already made it clear that he will not take the climate emergency seriously.”

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