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The French parliament has passed a law banning fracking and oil extraction in all of the country’s territories, becoming the second nation in the world to put an end to its oil exploration. The country is also set to ban all exploration and production of oil and natural gas within the borders and in its overseas territories by 2040.

As Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot pointed out, the ban shows that “current generations can take care of future generations.”

The ban is largely a symbolic gesture – France only extracts the equivalent of about 815,000 tons of oil per year, which is the amount Saudi Arabia produces in just a few hours, The Guardian explains. However, as a gesture, it is an exceedingly important one – showing the country to be willing to implement crucial changes in its policies for the betterment of the planet we all inhabit.

President Emmanuel Macron has stated that he wants France to become the leader, as a major world economy, making a switch away from fossil fuels to focus on renewable sources of energy. The ban is also another step towards fulfilling the country’s commitments under the Paris climate agreement to curb climate change.

At the same time that France is making an important and telling change in its policies regarding the issue, the U.S. seems to be going in the exact opposite direction, with Donald Trump’s agenda concerning climate change consisting of denying the very existence of the issue and leading to the country pulling out of the Paris agreement. On the very day that France voted to end gas and oil extraction in the country, the United States Congress voted to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling as part of the Republican’s tax overhaul. However bleak those facts are, France nevertheless remains an example proving that environmentally conscious changes can very much be made by a country – and, hopefully, they are not as drastically far from happening in the U.S. as it now seems.

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39 comments on “France to Ban All Oil Exploration and Fracking by 2040 – What’s the U.S. Waiting For?”

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Brenda Kay
7 Months Ago

Thanks for this glorious post! <3


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Melissa Harris
7 Months Ago

For hell to freeze over.


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Francesca Sweeney-Androulaki
7 Months Ago

By 2040? What's the hold-up?


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Fred Silver
7 Months Ago

What will they do with the waste-export it?


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James Hall
7 Months Ago

“FLASH: France to stick collective heads up collective butts by 2040.” Oh, wait.. pardon me - that happened a long time ago. So, is France going to be hypocritical and only ban oil exploration and fracking in France, or are they going to ban their current oil exploration, drilling, pumping, refining, and shipping operations world wide? Hum...


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Leland Keith Womack
24 Dec 2017

Very few people here probably don't even know Total oil is France oil company grossing 200 billion a year ... but it is about what I would expect.

James Hall
24 Dec 2017

And I think Total controls most of the oil coming out of Iraq.

Kelly Plaas
24 Dec 2017

They will be keeping their land nice and clean, while destroying someone else's and get a pat on the back from environmentalists. How about researching and developing better ways to extract it, without creating toxic environments?

Leland Keith Womack
24 Dec 2017

I really don't think they really have the resource there so a ban in essence doesn't mean much does it?

James Hall
24 Dec 2017

I think you’re right about France not having any significant domestic oil reserves, but this sort of proclamation does make them sound “committed” when it comes to saving the planet, and it serves to make France an even more attractive destination for climate science refugees from the U.S..

Leland Keith Womack
24 Dec 2017

Sure, if one believes we can save the planet due to reduction in fossil fuels, but it's a theory that can't be shown to actually exist. We should probably start there, when the yammal tree ring study showed no connection to a rising co2 and a rising temperature, the scientists panicked and changed the data source. The actual only evidence we have is that the theory has no merit. But you can't point out the facts to people as most have been brainwashed by propaganda.

James Hall
24 Dec 2017

Of course, I presume you recognized my comment as pure sarcasm on both counts, right? 😉

Leland Keith Womack
24 Dec 2017

Yes of course ... but there is big money in saving the planet from ourselves, if we would just give them control....

James Hall
25 Dec 2017

Hum... Maybe this is the first step in a 12-step climate science self-help program! “I’ve been oil free for six months now!”

AJ Johnson
25 Dec 2017

They’re ceasing all oil. The combustible engine will be banned in France by 2040 as well. No oil for anything. You should probably research these things before going full retard on the internet

Judith Nicholson
7 Months Ago

Why does it have to take so long?Make the decision and stop now


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Bobby Hoy
7 Months Ago

USA Waitng for the Electric Car Revelotion!Your current automobile mecanics are petrified as to what lies in the furture!


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Johanna Allaston
7 Months Ago

More than 2 full decades away. What a farce....


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Alberto Baylon
7 Months Ago

2040??


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Leland Keith Womack
7 Months Ago

Well since they import 19 billion in oil every year they don't need to explore as they don't have very much, kind of a no brainer.


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