The oil and gas ban that increased coal imports

The are wailing over the new policy to allow and gas exploration in NZ. is short sighted s gas has far fewer GG emissions than coal. Let's look at what our coal imports have been for the last few Governments:

  • 2006-08: 2.56 MT
  • 2009 – 11: 1.12 MT
  • 2012 – 14: 1.12 M
  • 2015 – 17: 1.35 MT
  • 2018 – 20: 2.76 MT
  • 2021 – 23: 2.64 MT

So the last National only had to import 3.6 MT of coal while the last three terms of Governments imported 8.0 MT of coal.

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