QUAKERS IN BRITAIN have joined 200 others in writing to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Home Secretary Suella Braverman urging the UK government to reject Equinor’s plans to open the Rosebank oil field.

The Norwegian firm wants to develop the largest undeveloped oil and gas field in the British North Sea. But the case for moving past oil and gas extraction has never been clearer, signatories say, with British homes and businesses left vulnerable to soaring gas prices by the war in Ukraine.

Granting new licences and approving new fields like Rosebank will not support energy security, they say, but make the UK more dependent on expensive, high carbon gas for decades longer than necessary.

Located northwest of Shetland, Rosebank is 90 per cent oil which is likely to be exported and not lower energy costs in the UK. Equinor is majority-owned by the Norwegian government, but the UK public would carry almost all the costs of development, thanks to a £500 million subsidy from the UK government. The government should be concentrating on greater energy efficiency and cheap home-grown renewables instead, wrote signatories including the Wildlife Trusts, Tearfund, Oxfam and the Norwegian Green Party.

Quakers are led by faith to work for a fair and sustainable world, conserving the earth’s resources. Oliver Robertson, head of witness and worship at Quakers in Britain, said: “The world is facing a climate emergency and we believe our government should not be pouring fuel on the flames. “Instead they should be shifting away from fossil fuels to clean energy.”

* Read the full letter here.

* Source: Quakers in Britain