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Norway's incoming centre-left government has said it will seek to grow the country's lucrative oil and gas industry while striving to cut carbon emissions

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  1. lou
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    "I know we're Scandinavian, we're supposed to do no harm and put the world to shame with our reasonable policies week after week... But do you even know how much money we're talking about?"

    "I know we're Scandinavian, we're supposed to do no harm and put the world to shame with our reasonable policies week after week... But do you even know how much money we're talking about?"

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    Eric_the_Cerise
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    Wasn't this one of the main points of the election? A referendum on Norway's fossil fuel industry, and whether or not it should continue to exist? Weren't Norwegians voting with the explicit...

    Wasn't this one of the main points of the election? A referendum on Norway's fossil fuel industry, and whether or not it should continue to exist? Weren't Norwegians voting with the explicit understanding that a Left vote was a vote to shut down the industry?

    Have I misunderstood, or was this part of the election over-hyped in int'l news? Aren't Norwegians pissed off about this? From my perspective, Norway just voted out Solberg in favor of a govt that promised to end their fossil fuel addiction, and now, instead of planning to shut down the industry, the new govt just announced plans to make it bigger.

    Side-note: Even if Norway cuts their domestic carbon pollution down to 0%, as long as they are exporting fossil fuels to other countries, they are still part of the problem.

    8 votes
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      DepartedPretzel
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      From a cursory glance: The left-leaning half of the winning coalition is the center-left Labour party, led by Jonas Gahr Støre. Ironically, he’s a conservative, die-hard capitalist. Meanwhile the...

      From a cursory glance: The left-leaning half of the winning coalition is the center-left Labour party, led by Jonas Gahr Støre. Ironically, he’s a conservative, die-hard capitalist. Meanwhile the next popular leftist party withdrew from negotiations with the coalition after disagreeing with their stance on petroleum.

      Seems they’ve merely traded a right-wing government for a centrist one, while the actual leftists did not gain enough power.

      7 votes
      1. nacho
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        It's a minority government. They need support from other parties to pass their budget. That's where parties who've been categorically against increased Norwegian oil and gas-exploitation enter the...

        It's a minority government. They need support from other parties to pass their budget.

        That's where parties who've been categorically against increased Norwegian oil and gas-exploitation enter the picture.

        There was a significant shift to parties who are greener. It'll be hard to negotiate around those parties due to other, traditional party-political lines.

        5 votes
  3. Loire
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    That's an.... interesting choice. Obviously the industry was never going to be dismantled and anyone who thought otherwise is deluded, but to grow it and still expect to meet emission reduction...

    That's an.... interesting choice.

    Obviously the industry was never going to be dismantled and anyone who thought otherwise is deluded, but to grow it and still expect to meet emission reduction goals is possibly equally deluded.

    Even in relatively responsible producing nation's like Norway there are emissions, this is an explicitly carbon based industry after all. Without significant technological miracles there is no way to have your cake and eat it to when it comes to oil production.

    6 votes