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Left-wing Labor speaks out against eco-warrior oil blockades

Britain’s left-wing Labor Party has spoken out against blockades of oil depots by eco-warriors amid a growing cost of living crisis and widespread reports of fuel shortages across the country.

The UK’s energy crisis, spurred by a combination of war in Ukraine, sanctions on Russia, two years of coronavirus lockdowns and failures of the government’s green agenda, has seen widespread reports of petrol stations dry all over the country.

To add insult to injury, far-left eco-warrior groups such as Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil have taken to crowding in front of oil depots to further disrupt the supply chain.

Sir Keir Starmer’s Labor Party, which has tried to distance itself from the more radical elements of its left-wing base, has in fact condemned the actions of climate change radicals and called on the government to crack down on them.

While Sir Keir infamously ‘took the knee’ in his parliamentary office in support of the often violent Marxist movement Black Lives Matter, the Labor leader wrote blockages of oil depots: “The government must stop sitting idly by and immediately impose injunctions to end this disruption.

“Under Conservative watch, drivers are being hammered by rising gas prices and now millions of motorists have no access to fuel,” Starmer added, despite many members of his own party support the same, if not stricter, green policies adopted by the government that have forced the country to depend on foreign powers for energy.

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Eco-extremists in Britain have a habit of blocking motorways, junctions and city center intersections. However, in recent weeks emerging groups such as Just Stop Oil have begun blockading oil depots and terminals in protest at the government finally acknowledging the need for new fossil fuel projects in the UK.

From Sunday, two members of Just Stop Oil chained themselves to pipes at Grays Oil Terminal in Essex – the third largest in the country – for almost 40 hours.

Justifying their actions, one of the campaigners said: “We need a meaningful statement that we will have no new fossil fuel projects. It’s so easy.”

The other radical Just Stop Oil highlighted how difficult it has been for them personally, saying: “It’s fucking hard here. We’ve been here over 30 hours, haven’t slept, haven’t felt safe, had a fucking panic attack a while ago, it’s really uncomfortable.

After 40 hours of disruption, a team of “cutters” was finally dispatched to break their chains and evacuate the militants.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said such blockades would become illegal under the upcoming Policing, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

Eustice criticized the radicals, saying they “try to wreak havoc in other people’s lives. And I think that’s wrong.

“The right to protest is important, but not if it disrupts other people’s lives,” he added.

Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government – which has been at the forefront of the Build Back Better green agenda movement – announced in its Energy Security Strategy that it would finally open up the North Sea to oil exploration and has pledged to build eight nuclear power plants.

The strategy paper argued that using domestic fossil fuel sources is important in the ‘transition’ to so-called green energy, adding that ‘Gas generation in the UK has a lower carbon footprint than that imported from abroad.

The plan, however, has been criticized for doubling offshore and onshore wind power, while failing to lift the fracking moratorium for natural gas. The government has also admitted that the strategy will do little to alleviate the energy crisis in the short term.

Nigel Farage, Brexit leader mentioned“New government energy proposals will take years to come into force, drive up gas consumption and lead to higher bills. We will always be an energy importer.

“What a waste with all that natural gas under our feet.”

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