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Energy minister: North Sea oil could boost Denmark in renewables

Denmark's government has ensured billions in profits over coming years on oil and gas production in the Danish part of the North Sea. This money could be spent boosting the green transition, writes the country's energy minister while rejecting criticism from climate organizations.

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It might be a good thing for Denmark's transition to renewable energy that the country has decided to empty the North Sea of oil and gas, writes Danish minister for Energy, Utilities, and Climate, Lars Christian Lilleholt, in a letter to the editor published Wednesday in Danish daily Berlingske.

Several climate organizations have voiced harsh criticism of the minister since the beginning of June, as they think Denmark should leave the remaining oil in the North Sea as part of the efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. Earlier this summer, the Danish government presented a new production strategy, and groups including Greenpeace called the strategy "embarrassing", urging that the country refrain from continued oil production.

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