Sunak framed these decisions as "sensible green leadership" aimed at easing the transition, but they have been widely criticized by businesses, investors, and environmental groups as a "historic mistake."
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has expressed his commitment to "max out" developments in the North Sea while announcing government support for future oil and gas licensing rounds.
The decision has triggered a backlash from those advocating for a more decisive shift towards renewable energy sources.
The decision comes despite calls from environmental campaigners and the United Nations to halt the development of new fossil fuel projects.
This move emphasizes the region's role in the UK's broader energy security plans and accompanies the confirmation of 100 new North Sea oil and gas licenses.
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