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Alok Sharma attacks Rishi Sunak’s ‘smoke and mirrors’ oil bill

The Conservative Environment Network, a group representing around 150 Tories, said the benefits of the new bill “should not be overstated”. Director Sam Hall said oil and gas will still be needed during the transition to net zero, “albeit in shrinking amounts”.

He said the priority for energy security and tackling climate change should be to “rapidly reduce our demand for oil and gas” by building more renewables, improving energy efficiency and electrifying more of the economy.

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