Johnson’s backing for the Cambo oilfield is unscientific and potentially disastrous | Peter Capaldi

Johnson’s backing for the Cambo oilfield is unscientific and potentially disastrous | Peter Capaldi

The government should be supporting green jobs for fossil fuel workers, not deepening our dependency on oil and gas

In three weeks’ time world leaders will gather in my hometown of Glasgow to talk about the biggest threat to our future: the climate crisis. We’ve seen an unrecognisable summer of flooding and extreme heat, and as a result people have lost their lives in Europe and around the world. The crisis is very much upon us.

And yet, incredibly, our prime minister, Boris Johnson, is preparing to sign off on a new drilling permit at Cambo oilfield, west of Shetland. If approved, Cambo would produce 170m barrels of oil and would deepen the climate crisis for decades to come. It would be a staggeringly backward move, going against the science and denying us all the green recovery we’ve been promised.

Peter Capaldi is an actor and campaigner

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