An oil pump in Bakersfield, California. Photo: GaryKavanagh / Getty Images .

Can limiting oil production make good climate policy?

When: Thursday, September 13, 10:00 am to 11:30 am (Pacific Time)
Where: First Floor Board Room, Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), 375 Beale St, San Francisco, 94105.

This event was open to the public.

SEI and NextGen Policy hosted a panel discussion at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, CA. In this panel, senior government officials were be joined by researchers to discuss if and how phasing out oil exploration and production can make good climate policy.  The event covered the recent moratoria on new oil exploration and production announced in 2017 and 2018 by a number of countries (including New Zealand, France, Costa Rica, and Belize), as well as policies by some local governments in North America designed to limit new oil infrastructure.

Panelists discussed why these actions weretaken, if and how they make sense as climate policy, and the scope for other major governments to take similar steps. In total, the panel provided concrete examples of supply-side policies adopted and their benefits – from emission reductions to political momentum to enhanced environmental justice – their challenges, and an outlook for the road ahead for actions that manage a long-term phase-out of oil production globally in line with climate limits.


Panelists will include:

  • Peter Erickson, Stockholm Environment Institute (moderator)
  • Jo Tyndall, Climate Change Ambassador, Environment Division, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Hannah Beth Jackson, California State Senator
  • Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilmember
  • Roger Lin, UC Berkeley Environmental Law Clinic