Rishi Sunak has infuriated people online after approving hundreds of new licences to drill for oil and gas in the North Sea.
Scientists have already warned that the world might soon increase beyond 1.5C in temperature compared to the pre-industrial climate – a point at which experts believe the climate will be irreversibly changed.
Sunak has subsequently been accused of overlooking how anxieties around global warming are on the up.
Ukraine’s allies decided to stop using all Russian fossil fuels as part of its sanctions against the country and its act of war – even though this meant energy prices soared and the cost of living crisis began in the UK.
This is partly why the government is now pushing to mine more local sources of fossil fuels.
Aside from this plan for new oil and gas licences, Sunak is also unveiling a strategy for a “clean” carbon capture scheme which Downing Street claims could support 50,000 new jobs.
However, this whole strategy is being perceived as an attempt to row back on the Tories’ net zero pledges.
Labour, in the meantime, has proposed a block on all domestic new oil and gas drilling and plans to have zero-carbon electricity by 2030.
And it’s safe to say that people on the X platform – formerly known as Twitter – are pretty furious about Sunak’s decision.