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France to ban oil, gas output on home soil

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France’s government has unveiled a law to ban all production and exploration of oil and natural gas by 2040 on the country’s mainland and overseas territories.

The move is largely symbolic, however, as France’s oil and gas production represents just 1 percent of national consumption — the rest is imported.

Current drilling permits will not be renewed, according to the bill formally presented in a Cabinet meeting last week. France currently has 63 oil and gas drilling projects on its territory.

The ban, which the government claims is a world first, is part of a larger plan to wean the country’s economy from fossil fuels, encourage clean energy and fulfill France’s commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement to curb global warming.

French President Emmanuel Macron praised it as “an important step to fulfill our international commitments.”

The bill, which was described by Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot, also includes a definitive ban on all shale gas exploration and extraction. Until now, only hydraulic fracturing, a process known as fracking, was banned. All other potential methods are now to be prohibited as well.

Hulot had announced in July that France will stop producing power from coal — now 5 percent of its total output — by 2022.

France also wants to reduce the proportion of the power it gets from nuclear energy to 50 percent by 2025 from the current 75 percent.

Hulot said it’s important for France to maintain its leadership on climate-related issues following the Paris Agreement signed in 2015.

“I have absolute faith in the capacity of renewable energies to become progressively a very important source to fulfill our energy needs,” he said in a news conference.

Greenpeace France said the bill sets a “good goal” but doesn’t go far enough. The environmental organization notes that the extension of an offshore exploration permit in French Guiana was maintained. In this case, Hulot said existing permits “will be maintained to avoid legal conflicts.”

Francis Duseux, president of the French oil lobby UFIP, said it would have been better to keep producing oil and gas in France rather than rely exclusively on imports, because he says France’s economy will still rely on fossil fuels in 2040.

“Energy transition will take time,” he said on Europe 1 radio.

Duseux estimated that oil drilling on French territory supports 4,500 to 5,000 jobs.

Vermilion Energy France is the main oil producer in France. Jean-Pascal Simard, director of public relations for the group, told The Associated Press he thinks the 2040 deadline is too soon.

“We would like to have a longer period of time to properly manage, properly get the return on investment that we have been investing here in France,” he said.

Simard also said producing oil in France would be better from the environmental point of view.

“By not producing it here, we will have to increase the oil coming from countries like Saudi Arabia or even South America,” he said.



9 Comments on "France to ban oil, gas output on home soil"

  1. Kenz300 on Sat, 9th Sep 2017 9:57 am 

    Fossil fuels are the past.

    Wind and solar combined with battery storage are the future.

    Smart investors invest in future trends not past ones.

  2. Anonymous on Sat, 9th Sep 2017 10:45 am 

    Surrender monkeys.

  3. Apneaman on Sat, 9th Sep 2017 3:13 pm 

    Speaking of gas & oil on home soil…..

    “More than two dozen storage tanks holding crude oil, gasoline and other contaminants ruptured or otherwise failed when Harvey slammed into the Texas coast, spilling at least 145,000 gallons (548,868 litres) of fuel and spewing toxic pollutants into the air, according to an Associated Press analysis of pollution reports submitted to state and federal regulators.”

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/tank-failures-in-harvey-reveal-vulnerabilities-in-storm-1.3582431

  4. Antius on Sat, 9th Sep 2017 4:41 pm 

    Another pointless PR exercise, just like the UK government’s pledge to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

  5. Antius on Sat, 9th Sep 2017 4:44 pm 

    “Fossil fuels are the past.
    Wind and solar combined with battery storage are the future.
    Smart investors invest in future trends not past ones.”

    Kenz300 cuts and pastes the same pointless message every time. I think he is actually Hal9000.

  6. Plantagenet on Sun, 10th Sep 2017 12:03 pm 

    A country that produces almost no fossil fuels basing the production of fossil fuels is just a feel-good publicity stunt.

    Wake me up when France bans CONSUMPTION of fossil fuels.

    Cheers!

  7. Plantagenet on Sun, 10th Sep 2017 12:04 pm 

    A country that produces almost no fossil fuels banning the production of fossil fuels is just a feel-good publicity stunt.

    Wake me up when France bans CONSUMPTION of fossil fuels.

    Cheers!

  8. Anonymouse1 on Sun, 10th Sep 2017 6:50 pm 

    plantytard, you are so soundly asleep in your current dreamworld now that it is doubtful such an announcement from France would ‘wake you up’ even if such a thing were forthcoming. (And it won’t be, so, you’re covered).

  9. onlooker on Sun, 10th Sep 2017 6:56 pm 

    Reminds me of the fake climate accords they do not promise to do much and even they little they agree to do, is not enforceable or particularly mandatory. Geez.

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