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New Zealand bans new offshore oil exploration to tackle climate change

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New Zealand’s oil and gas industry is a sizeable part of the country’s economy, but it’ll be stopping all new offshore exploration to address climate change.

“There will be no further offshore oil and gas exploration permits granted,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in an announcement on Thursday. 

The decision will only apply to new permits that are put out to tender annually, with existing licenses not to be affected. Some of these permits still have more than a decade left to go.

There are 31 oil and gas exploration permits in the country, with 22 located offshore. New Zealand’s oil and gas industry contributes NZ$2.5 billion (US$1.8 billion) to its GDP, according to PEPANZ, an organisation which represents the country’s petroleum industry. Read more…

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People in Oregon are freaking out about pumping their own gas

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For many people around the world, refilling your own car at self-service stations has been a very normal thing for years.

Not for many people rural Oregon, who from Jan. 1 were allowed to pump their own gas as a result of the introduction of new bill introduced in the state.

Passed last May, House Bill 2482 allows for self-service refilling in counties which have a population of less than 40,000. Oregon was one of two U.S. states which long banned the practice, the other still being New Jersey.

With the new year ticking over, there were a number of Oregonians angry about the potential change to self-service statewide in a viral Facebook post. Read more…

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