Following the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons on the UK’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Andrew Bridgen calls for a refocus our energy policy to maximise the use of our own natural resources and to look again at fracking while we invest in low carbon alternatives.
Does my right hon. Friend agree that western Europe’s ongoing reliance on Russian oil and gas has been a major factor in emboldening President Putin in the mistaken belief that he can invade his peaceful neighbour with relative impunity? In the UK, should we not refocus our energy policy on maximising the use of our own natural resources and look again at fracking while we invest in low carbon alternatives?
My hon. Friend is totally right when he talks about the excessive dependence on hydrocarbons. We are moving away from it in this country. I think he and I might agree that there is merit, during a transitional phase, in continuing with the use of hydrocarbons in this country rather than pointlessly importing them from abroad.