Oil and Gas Exploration: Subsidies

Part of Energy Security and Net Zero – in the House of Commons on 23 May 2023.

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Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)

It is quite simple. We are reducing demand for fossil fuels, but we are net importers of them. Producing them here and destruction of demand have to be our focus and that is what the Government are doing. We are getting rid of the power stations burning coal. In 2012, nearly 40% of our electricity came from coal, the most polluting of fossil fuels—that was the legacy of Edward Miliband—but by next year it will be zero. We have moved from 7% to well over 40% with renewables, as the Secretary of State has said. It is economic insanity for us not to produce the oil and gas that we will need for decades to come when we are a net importer.