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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- Norway's oil and gas sector will not be dismantled, new government says
- Oct 13 2021
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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?"
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.
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.