Prime minister to meet with oil industry for first time since ban

Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, will meet with oil industry representatives to discuss the future. (Photo: NZ Herald)
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will meet with oil industry representatives to discuss the future. (Photo: NZ Herald)

The Prime Minister is heading to New Plymouth today to meet with representatives from the oil and gas industry.

It’s the first time she’s been to the region since the Government banned on any future offshore exploration permits.

Jacinda Ardern says the focus of her meetings today will be on what needs to be done to help the industry transition.

“There are decades left of work and exploration in this industry. What we need to think about is what happens in the 30 years after that, and that’s why we’re going to Taranaki to talk about that.”

The industry has been very critical, saying they weren’t properly consulted by the Government, but Ardern maintains that’s not the case.

“There have been changes in this industry for some time and anyone who listened to what we’d been saying about there not being a future for fossil fuels would not have been surprised by this move at all” . . .

Source: PM to meet with oil industry for first time since ban

2 thoughts on “Prime minister to meet with oil industry for first time since ban

  1. Could go in several directions. For a little “power” in the negotiations, look into hydrogen from water to run vehicle engines, alcohol, or other substitutes.

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  2. Good suggestions, marlenecltr. One of the best things we have going for us in the transition is that the engineering skills used in the oil/gas industry seem to be transferable. A number of the oil/gas engineers are already upgrading their skills to work in solar/wind technology.

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