As Climate Crisis Converge, Oil Companies look to the South African coasts as Fuel.

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According to Liezl Human of GroundUp, the French energy company, TotalEnergies is getting ready to submit its final application for authorization to dig up to five oil or gas wells between Cape Town and Cape Agulhas.

The application is one of many offshore oil and gas applications made off the coast of South Africa. The Climate Accountability Institute (CAI) in the United States has warned that the EACOP will release 379 million tonnes of carbon throughout its 25-year lifespan, which is more than France’s own national projections for 2020 and is referred to as a “mid-sized carbon bomb.”

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST) had a conversation about how this war would affect the transition away from fossil fuels in light of the climate emergency and if it will speed that transition. 

The oil giant’s move also comes in the wake of a similar case involving an application by Shell which seeks to perform a seismic survey off the Wild Coast despite a high court ruling which deemed the authorisation it initially received to do so as being “unlawful”.


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