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UK news media campaign against oil and gas exploration

March 24, 2021

By Paul Homewood


Once again we see a tiny clique in the media ganging up to oppose a government policy which is entirely beneficial for the nation:




After the BBC and campaigners forced the government to cave in on the Cumbrian coal mine, the BBC, a network of eco-activists in the news media and green NGOs are now campaigning for the end of oil and gas exploration in Britain.

It is almost certain that this new campaign by the UK’s mainstream news media will be accelerated and radicalised in coming months, with likely mass demonstrations against Boris Johnson and his government in the run-up to COP26.

Meanwhile, the EU is planning to classify gas power plants as sustainable energy, paving the way for ‘green finance’ and government subsidies …


It is quite astonishing how a tiny Metropolitan Elite have managed to accumulate so much power and influence, that they can work against the interests of the British public in this way.

The simple reality is that the only opposition to North Sea oil exploration comes from an insignificant number of extreme eco activists. In contrast the vast majority either have no strong views either way or believe that exploring for oil is simple common sense, and will enrich the country.

Yet the media story tries to persuade us otherwise.

The same Metropolitan Elite fought hard to stop Brexit. Fortunately the public had more common sense and won through in the end. Hopefully they will do so again.

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  1. Gamecock permalink
    March 24, 2021 9:49 pm

    Y’all need to make a law. That anyone who campaigns against oil and gas should be audited for use of oil and gas. Such usage should be subject to severe penalties. Prison terms. It is ABSURD that they can have it both ways.

  2. Ian Magness permalink
    March 24, 2021 9:54 pm

    “The same Metropolitan Elite fought hard to stop Brexit. Fortunately the public had more common sense and won through in the end. Hopefully they will do so again.”
    Yes Paul but the difference was that, in the total belief that they could rig the vote in their favour, we were allowed a referendum. Those same purveyors of group-think will not make the same mistake again with “climate change”.

  3. March 24, 2021 9:56 pm

    A complete U-turn of Government policies in this shocking but not surprising shambolic, own-goal area of issues is very well overdue.
    Whether or not the hypotheses of AGW are valid, we need not and must not decarbonise.

  4. Thomas Carr permalink
    March 24, 2021 10:03 pm

    Costs will be the killer for the green lobby . We cannot do better than keep the popular press topped up with the likely cost of going green and the ‘surcharge ‘ ( compared with world prices) on the domestic budget and industry of the costs of the public utilities and transport .

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      March 24, 2021 10:22 pm

      Not just costs – cold comfort farm. No travel, no heat, lousy food (probably literally, with pesticides banned!). No job. No life.

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        March 25, 2021 9:18 am

        Hence the attempts by people such as Ferguson to use Covid as a cover for their political agendas – get the masses used to no holidays abroad.

    • March 24, 2021 10:38 pm

      Right on the button!

      Sooner the better, however problematic and embarrassing for so many hopelessly wrong and misguided and corrupt people whose obsessions are now ruining us, to no benefit at all.

  5. Peter Yarnall permalink
    March 24, 2021 11:46 pm

    Perhaps when oil rich and upwardly mobile Aberdeen is turned into a financially and socially deprived seaside town like Blackpool, the SNP might realise that they have created a problem. Too late by then though.

    • Colin MacDonald permalink
      March 25, 2021 2:34 pm

      Up until recently, North Sea oil was what was going allow an independent Scotland to be rich. Now the SNP seems to think that Scots are so innately brilliant that we can prosper without oil revenues, perhaps in the same manner as Switzerland or Sweden. Hard to know where to begin with this nonsense, suffice to say the revenues from oil over the last 40 years are about equivalent to those blown on renewables. We’re running out of oil now, but never mind we can borrow the wind turbines from the Chinese, to pay off our borrowings we can sell the functioning parts of the economy to the same.

      • Mack permalink
        March 25, 2021 11:18 pm

        Colin, an interesting point is that many of the best remaining commercial deposits of oil ‘under Scottish control’ lie close to Shetland.

        The Shetlanders have recently made it clear that, should Scotland achieve independence from the UK, then they would then be minded to seek independence from Scotland. Bearing in mind that Shetland only got taken over by Scotland from Danish/Viking hegemony in 1472, long after the mainlanders had prostituted themselves to the English yoke, should Shetland seek independence from Scotland, the Scots wouldn’t have a leg to stand on in arguing against their withdrawal. Should Shetland achieve secession and pay no heed to current green thinking, then they could easily turn out to be, if Boris was writing the script, the Saudi Arabia of oil….just not in Saudi Arabia.

        In the current circumstances, despite all their chatter, I don’t think the SNP government in Scotland will be pressing hard for a new independence referendum anytime soon.

  6. March 25, 2021 3:25 am

    Where oh where are the shrill-voiced activists and protesters (much like the Gilets Jaunes) for the cause of SANITY in all of this? What is needed, and has been all along, is a strong leader. I am pinning my (almost last) hopes on Andrew Neil and his GB News channel.

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      March 25, 2021 3:01 pm

      He’ll spout, whatever his backers tell him to.

  7. Devoncamel permalink
    March 25, 2021 8:53 am

    The green lobby is a barely disguised movement hell bent on political and social engineering. It’s about time we had strong voices with a platform to point out the dangers of the Net Zero cabal. My hope too is for GB News to change the one way narrative.

  8. Stevie T permalink
    March 25, 2021 8:54 am

    A strong leader?
    Surely if Nigel Farrage could be brought on board that would do the trick?

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      March 25, 2021 3:02 pm

      I do hope you’re joking.

  9. Les Saunders permalink
    March 25, 2021 10:05 am

    In Scotland, the SNP ‘government’ continues to promote North sea oil and gas as the econimic powerhouse of an independent state but promotes the future abandonment of all fossil fuels. Typical political insanity.

    • Duker permalink
      March 25, 2021 8:35 pm

      Yes. Theyll have to use the euro not the pound and wont be getting the deal the Irish got in 1922 of freedom of movement and no pro rata of British sovereign debt.They will have to have a customs border when they join the EU

  10. Mack permalink
    March 25, 2021 10:16 am

    O/T Ed Milliband – the gift that keeps on giving. Hilarious scenes this morning as the former author of the Climate Change Act toured the nation’s TVs studios demanding an ‘electric car revolution’ and berating the government for not moving fast enough on EVs. When asked, ‘I presume you have one?,’ the socialist millionaire and renewable zealot responded, ‘Er no. It’s a work in progress!’ From henceforth, Ed will be affectionately known as the ‘Volt Dolt’ in the Mack household.

    • Cheshire Red permalink
      March 25, 2021 10:31 am

      Red Ed hasn’t got one because they’re not very good and (I’m guessing here) he may not have a secure garage or off road parking at his very smart Islington townhouse.

      He has two kitchens, though!

  11. ThinkingScientist permalink
    March 25, 2021 10:59 am

    As someone who’s career has been 37 years as a geophysicist in the oil industry the level of anti-oil industry propaganda on the BBC beggars belief. 85% of the worlds energy comes from us, plastics, much of modern society and yet we are constantly vilified.

    I subscribe to a news feed on oil industry matters called energy-pedia. Its free, so anyone can get the daily email. It contains news items about successful drilling, commercial transactions (oil fields sold/bought), company mergers, company results, energy transition, wind contracts etc. It is a broad view of the energy industry in all its forms.

    I follow the BBC markets data (the oil price has a huge impact on budgets in the oil industry, from whence I get work). If I go to the BBC market page at:

    and click on Gold I get the headlines like the following:

    Twelve Chinese miners trapped underground
    The rollercoaster ride of Scotland’s first gold mine
    Huge $1m gold coin stolen from museum
    How much gold is there left to mine in the world?
    ‘High possibility’ of finding gold in Welsh hills
    Two gold nuggets worth $350,000 found in Australia
    Gold price rises above $2,000 for first time

    In which there are no negative headlines. Its general gold related stories.

    So lets review some headlines at energy-pedia this morning:

    Malaysia: Petronas becomes world’s first to produce LNG from two floating facilities
    UK: Dogger Bank wind farm unveils design for Operations and Maintenance Base at the Port of Tyne
    Egypt: Shelf Drilling secures contract extension on the Trident 16
    EnQuest announces results for the year ended 31 December 2020 and 2021 outlook
    US : Sacramento Energy provides update on its Sacramento Basin projects
    Oman: PDO signs USD 4 billion long-term service contracts
    Indonesia: Bass Oil announces new Indonesian drilling program

    No negatives, wide range of energy-related news items including renewables.

    Now lets click on BBC Market data and Brent Crude price:

    UK seeks to drill more oil and gas from North Sea (see this post)
    Italian court clears oil giants of corruption
    What’s your pension invested in?
    Beached oil from 1978 tanker sinking ‘no threat’
    Fears oil drilling site plan could ‘blight’ area
    Clear-up of tar on Israel’s coastline continues
    Shift to green energy ‘could cost oil states $13tn’
    Oil prices climb back to pre-pandemic levels
    First oil flows from village well
    Covid sends US oil giant Exxon into $22bn loss
    Shell Nigeria liable for oil spills – Dutch court

    See the difference? Note the stream of negatives – corruption, implied pension dis-investment, beached oil, fears of oil drilling, clear up of tar, shift to green energy, $22bn loss of Exxon, Shell liable for oil spills.

    Its the commodity page. Little, if any, of that is going to affect oil price. Its a continuous smear campaign of negative, nasty, propaganda.

    Meanwhile the oil industry really does keep the lights on and enable almost all aspects of modern life.

    • A man of no rank permalink
      March 25, 2021 4:13 pm

      What would happen if there was a sudden shortage of gas?
      I assume the LNG from Qatar comes to us via a ‘blocked’ Suez canal?
      With a bit of luck the lights will go out T.S..

      • Duker permalink
        March 25, 2021 8:41 pm

        Russian LNG is regularly coming to the Wales terminal…might be asking a higher price form next week. Even other oil transport is affected as its pushed up tanker charter rates by 45% that use the canal

    • bobn permalink
      March 25, 2021 6:37 pm

      Thats why I no longer read, watch or listen to the Biased, Bullcrapping Corp, and discourage all who mention them to avoid them. Switch them off and dont pay their fee.

  12. Thomas Carr permalink
    March 26, 2021 5:27 pm

    Caving in on the Cumbrian coal mine.? Not quite. the decision is up for review. In the meantime I have written to the PM’s PPS as follows:

    ” Dear Trudy Harrison

    Proposed Deep Mine at Copeland:Strategic and Political Hazards

    I would appreciate it if you would draw the Prime Minister’s attention to a couple of aspects of this matter.

    1. I expect that Mr Johnson has heard all he wants to about the importance of metallurgical coal. Similarly about the need for this country to maintain strategic industrial output…….

    The environmentalists seem to have no wish to understand this.
    As we are told if we cannot win the material in this country and retain those skills it must be imported, thus nullifying the claimed detrimental effect of UK sourcing…..(etc….) More importantly it will leave us reliant on the attitude and stability of overseas suppliers.

    2. The second ………….hazard is with regard to the precedent that refusing the development of the mine will mean politically. It will reinforce the belief that the green agenda, on matters of national importance ……….. will take precedence over economic considerations. This second hazard is where the trap will widen and deepen to subordinate job creation for those made redundant or entering the labour market …… our established basic industries.

    If a better opportunity exists to secure the so-called red wall votes for at least another term I cannot think of one.

    Yours sincerely” .

    Copies to Mark Jenkinson MP, Lee Anderson MP and Councillor Mike Starkie the Mayor of Copeland ( Whitehaven)

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