New Zealand bans all new offshore oil and gas exploration
- Author: Rogelio Becker Apr 14, 2018,
Apr 14, 2018, 11:11
In those terms, Thursday's announcement about oil and gas exploration seems moderate.
New Zealand's government has decided it will no longer issue offshore oil and gas exploration permits, while new onshore permits will be limited to the Taranaki area.
Currently, Sri Lanka produces no oil and is dependent on imports.
No jobs lost, no economics rights stripped, exploration to continue for years and a temporary reprieve in the region most dependent on oil exploration.
"This sends a powerful message: We are ending the age of oil".
As well as having less respect for human rights, these countries are also less likely to heed warnings about climate change.
In Europe she will meet the President of France Emmanuel Macron in Paris, German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and British Prime Minister Theresa May.
But the claim is tenuous beyond this.
Some will continue to operate in New Zealand for years to come.
The government has "taken an historic step and delivered a huge win for the climate, spurred on by the tens of thousands of people and environmental NGOs like Greenpeace who have fought for years toe end new oil and gas exploration", said Russel Norman, executive director of Greenpeace New Zealand.
Numerous engineers, especially those who are decades away from retirement, will look to retrain in other fields.
Jeffries said that while renewable sources of electricity could supply most of New Zealand's electricity needs in a year of normal rainfall, "another two-thirds of our national energy use is industrial and transport related, for which complete renewable alternatives are not now economically viable". Taranaki Daily News quoted Energy and Resources spokesperson for the opposition party Jonathan Young as saying, "What will replace gas as the demand for more electricity rose with electric vehicles and we don't have enough renewables".
This explains Jones' discomfort at being part of the press conference announcing the move. Gas is a lower carbon alternative to coal for uses such as industrial heating, where no economically viable renewable alternative exists.
The company would "manage the risks associated with the government's policy change by investing in exploration and production assets in other jurisdictions".
But there will be little or no impact on motorists or fliers. "These and other companies have for years pressured governments to suit themselves, and have actively sought to maintain the environmentally irresponsible fossil fuel production and very poor public policy on climate".