Jacob Rees-Mogg appointed BEIS Secretary

More fossil fuels a false solution to the energy crisis
  Published:  07 Sep 2022    |      1 minute read

Reacting to news that Jacob Rees-Mogg has been appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Friends of the Earth’s head of political affairs, Dave Timms, said:

“Putting someone who recently suggested "every last drop" of oil should be extracted from the North Sea in charge of energy policy is deeply worrying for anyone concerned about the deepening climate emergency, solving the cost-of-living crisis and keeping our fuel bills down for good.

“Extracting more fossil fuels is a false solution to the energy crisis. It’s our failure to end our reliance on gas and oil that’s sent energy bills soaring and left us teetering on the brink of catastrophic climate change.

“We need a forward-looking, modern energy strategy based on better home insulation and unleashing the full potential of the UK’s homegrown renewables power – not one rooted in dirty fossil fuels of the past.”