In a furious discussion with Tom Harwood of GB News on Tuesday, MP for Thanet South suggested the UK should instead start exploring its own gas and nuclear reserves to become more self-sufficient and less dependent on adversaries such as Vladimir Putin . His comments come amid a chaotic gas shortage that has pushed up energy prices in Britain, as industry experts warn continued gas shortages will impact the food supply of Great Britain.
Mr Mackinlay said: “We are sitting on a fair amount of gas, if we were to embrace it, not just in the North Sea, [there are] other fields that could be exploited.
âEven though we are on this trajectory of reducing our dependence on fossil fuelsâ¦ they will be part of our energy mix for at least another generation. “
But in a seething attack on Russian President Vladimir Putin, the MP hammered home that he could not see the meaning of buying “Putin’s gas” which requires the transfer of billions of pounds, euros and dollars. ” to a regime that seems determined to be fairly bestial for us â.
He added that this money is now being used to strengthen the Russian army through the restriction of ships and planes that can be used against the West.
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As a result, Mr Mackinlay denounced how the situation “must be mad” as the UK has the potential to source gas from under Britain’s feet.
He went on to say that the fallout from Britain not exploring its own gas potential was the gas shortage we are currently facing.
The conservative slammed: “I don’t think the lights will go out but there will be a a huge cost to the taxpayer and many businesses will go bankrupt because of it. “
He concluded that the UK got it wrong in its energy industry and instead needs to chart a different path where the country produces more of its own nuclear and gas energy.
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It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson dismissed concerns over the growing gas crisis and fears over food shortages in the UK as he insisted he had “full confidence in our chains. supply “before adding how he thought the UK” can handle the situation very, very well “.
He highlighted how gas shortages are a “symptom” of the pandemic and how increased demand for gas has led to energy chaos.
But he accordingly suggested that the British should “pick their advantages” over energy this winter.
He gave examples where not everyone turned on the kettle “after the Cup final” or used energy to thaw frozen pipes.