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France Passes Law To Ban All Oil, Gas Production By 2040 (cbsnews.com) 259

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: France's parliament has approved a law banning all exploration and production of oil and natural gas by 2040 within the country and its overseas territories. Under that law that passed a final vote on Tuesday, existing drilling permits will not be renewed and no new exploration licenses will be granted. The French government claims the ban is a world first. However, it is largely symbolic since oil and gas produced in France accounts for just 1 percent of domestic consumption. The rest is imported. French President Emmanuel Macron responded to the approval of the law on Twitter, saying in part: "Very proud that France has become the first country in the world today to ban any new oil exploration licenses with immediate effect and all oil extraction by 2040."
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France Passes Law To Ban All Oil, Gas Production By 2040

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  • by iggymanz ( 596061 ) on Tuesday December 19, 2017 @10:35PM (#55773363)

    making completely symbolic bans that will not provide alternative energy, nor curtail use of fossil fuels in any way....is there a name for government by marketing shitheads?

    • France is basically the world leader in nuclear power plant design and power production -- no worries there. Not all carbon-free energy has to be wind/solar.
      • oh but France has decided they will reduce nuclear power to providing ony 50% of electricity by 2025, from the current 75%. maybe they better start working on real steps toward that goal instead of symbolic B.S.

        • Doubt it will happen -- they know which power source makes them independent from foreign control. Nuclear for life!
        • France has decided they will reduce nuclear power to providing ony 50% of electricity by 2025, from the current 75%.

          That was Hollande's policy initiative. Fortunately he is now just a fading purple bruise in the French memory.

    • making completely symbolic bans that will not provide alternative energy

      It's not up to the government to create market winners. It's up to them to ban the ones that should lose.

      A great many discoveries have been made on the backs of necessity. Unfortunately the current industry doesn't care about climate change (yay capitalism) so other factors need to be brought into play.

      • by doom ( 14564 )

        It's up to them to ban the ones that should lose.

        I would be happy with some form of carbon-pricing bolted on to the market to make the emitters pay for some of the damage that they do.

        Kind of like Obama's "Clean Power Plan", for example, but like everything else of any importance it's all on hold until we get rid of the obstructionists.

        One of my biggest peeves with the "environmentalists" is that they've all but stopped talking about carbon pricing, because it would make nuclear power look good, and

    • by mjwx ( 966435 )

      making completely symbolic bans that will not provide alternative energy, nor curtail use of fossil fuels in any way....is there a name for government by marketing shitheads?

      They're not banning use, they're banning production... Considering that France produces very little in the way of oil or gas this is like northern Canada banning sunscreen production or Dubai prohibiting the construction of Igloo's.

    • Just FYI, 2040 is when the oil companies estimate the world will run out of oil. So, yes, this really is a symbolic ban, because by that time, the only oil extracted will be so expensive that it will be used only for plastics and other materials manufacturing, not as a fuel.
      • by doom ( 14564 )

        2040 is when the oil companies estimate the world will run out of oil.

        And we have another prediction for peak oil.

        You know, when predictions are wrong you're supposed to think about revising your underlying mental model.

        If we "run out of oil" by then, you can take this as a far-sighted committment to dealing with the problem before it's upon us.

  • ... and more! also.. to be banned, by 2120!

    Woohoo ... we're so proud of being so progressive!1
  • Tartuferie (Score:5, Insightful)

    by manu0601 ( 2221348 ) on Tuesday December 19, 2017 @10:45PM (#55773429)

    This is very symbolic: french does not export much oil, and the law does not curb on oil importations.

    A side note: France does not burn much oil because it uses a lot of nuclear power. However french cars still use fuel for the most of them.

  • Gas Production (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mentil ( 1748130 ) on Tuesday December 19, 2017 @10:57PM (#55773483)

    In other news, gas produced by political windbags set to hold steady indefinitely.

  • wow brave. (Score:5, Funny)

    by gravewax ( 4772409 ) on Wednesday December 20, 2017 @12:29AM (#55773805)
    That is the equivalent of Australia banning Polar Bear hunting or the US banning all Koala skin exports, very brave move
  • by kenh ( 9056 ) on Wednesday December 20, 2017 @12:56AM (#55773889) Homepage Journal

    However, it is largely symbolic since oil and gas produced in France accounts for just 1 percent of domestic consumption. The rest is imported.

    The sum total effect of this is that France will go from importing 99% of it's oil and gas needs to 100%, big deal.

  • Of the 98 oil producing nations on Earth, they're roughly #71. It equates out to about 0.02% of total, worldwide production.
    Basically, any of the top 15 countries in the world could increase production 1% and totally negate any losses from France and its territories.

  • Even with totally renewable transportation and energy, oil is still needed to manufacture many products such as plastics.

    What they should really do is prohibit imports of oil from OTHER countries that are undemocratic or have lower environmental standards. That would actually make a difference for the environment, and at the same time help their security (most major oil producers are nasty/hostile dictatorships like Saudi, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela).

  • On a related note, Canada has banned all production of Champagne starting in 2039.

    • That's okay - the best sparkling wines now come from the UK - climate change means the best place to grow it is moving north. The way things are going, by 2039, the best will probably be Scottish, or maybe Icelandic ;-)

      • By 2039, maybe they'll be growing grape cells in a vat and skipping the whole field part of the process.

  • "...it is largely symbolic since oil and gas produced in France accounts for just 1 percent of domestic consumption."

    So, France has essentially made a promise to fulfill almost two decades from now that changes damn near nothing, and they're expecting praise?

    This is like watching the United States hold a 3-day celebration after announcing a ban on asbestos in new home construction.

  • by SEE ( 7681 ) on Wednesday December 20, 2017 @08:39AM (#55775079) Homepage

    Oh, wait, I forgot, we're all supposed to pretend Gabon's independent.

    Sure, French relations with Gabon are still managed out of the old colonial office rather than from the ministry of foreign affairs, and France's treasury backs their currency, and there are a bunch of French troops permanently stationed in the country, and (now deceased) Gabonese president Omar Bongo said "Gabon without France is like a car with no driver. France without Gabon is like a car with no fuel." But Gabon is an independent country, you bet.

  • France touts an end to its insignificant oil production. Meanwhile, Norway gloats about its aggressive renewable energy subsidies and emissions mandates, which are only made possible by the revenues from all the oil it produces for export.

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