Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern bans new offshore oil and gas exploration in New Zealand

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has banned future offshore oil and gas exploration in New Zealand.

The only exploration likely to be contemplated by the new Government is on-shore exploration, limited to energy-rich Taranaki.

"We're protecting industry and protecting future generations from climate change," said Ardern.

"This is a responsible step, which provides certainty for businesses and communities that rely on fossil fuels."

The more than 30 existing permits, 22 for offshore oil and gas exploration, are unaffected by today's announcement, Energy Minister Megan Woods said. If those permits, which cover 100,000sq km are continued or taken up, exploration will continue for more than a decade.

Ardern and the ministers are expected to outline plans for their version of a managed transition towards a carbon-neutral economy by 2050 and a goal of achieving 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2035.

The Government had already postponed any decision about lock offers this year - a competitive way by which oil and gas exploration permits have been issued for the past few years.

And Ardern personally accepted a Greenpeace petition at Parliament this month to ban all oil and gas exploration.

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I have to see to believe this go into action how long are the present permits going to last for 30 years ?. I will be checking the fracking and or earthquakes,whale stranding as usual.

"The more than 30 existing permits, 22 for offshore oil and gas exploration, are unaffected by today's announcement, Energy Minister Megan Woods said. If those permits, which cover 100,000sq km are continued or taken up, exploration will continue for more than a decade."

Ardern and the ministers are expected to outline plans for their version of a managed transition towards a carbon-neutral economy by 2050 and a goal of achieving 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2035.

Keys job is done.

last of the existing permits expires 2030.

I think we should treat this news positively but VERY cautiously and take it in the context of the overall agenda.

I'm certainly not breaking out the champagne. As Saru says Key's work is done.

Remember that the Labour/Socialist side of the equation is to hinder autonomy and the ability to travel freely. They want you to switch to Public Transport for tracking/control/Social Credit administration.

https://thecontrail.com/profiles/blogs/4744723:BlogPost:868897

sounds like something  Jack would say :D

Jeanette Fitzsimons: We need a safe climate more than we need oil and gas http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=1...

And by "needing a safe climate" Fitzsimons actually really means, collecting by force, Global Carbon Taxes for the privileged pseudointelligencia class and it's Oligarchical Neo-liberal Deep State.

Another 30years before it stops nevertheless.
That's not ok.

I think it's just something to keep the dissenters 'happy' for the meanwhile. I have no confidence whatsoever that this will stop... ever. Key's done his job alright & Aderne is the same outfit with a few tweaks to fool the sheep who think they have a choice.

In the 70s and 80s I walked everywhere if it was in a 2mile radius of where I wanted to go or I caught a bus if available.

What a disgusting stunt and please don't tell me you didn't expect this.

More Dog and Pony that means jack shit to the long term of protecting this tectonic vibrator.

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