There has been an increase in the number of Norwegians aged under 30 who are more positive about oil as an energy source. The Climate Barometer 2019 survey conducted by Kantar show an increase from 13 to 27 per cent since 2016.
In total, 26 percent of the population agree with the use of oil as an energy source, up from 19 percent in 2016, according to the recent survey.
The largest percentage increase has been among those under 30 and this group is thus above the average among those surveyed.
“I think this can come from the fact that there has been more focus on the oil fund and what oil means for the Norwegian economy, as well as a desire to secure future generations,’’ said Eva Fosby Livgard, head of department in Kantar to Klassekampen.
Scientist Bård Lahn from the Cicero Center for Climate Research thinks the increase in support of oil as an energy source is very surprising, especially in light of the public debate in recent years, where the phasing out of oil has been a key issue.
Leader Gaute Eiterjord of the Nature and Youth group believes the development is due to successful public relations campaign from the oil industry.
“I think the oil industry can say that they have succeeded in their campaigns where they project Norwegian oil and gas as a solution to the climate problem. The scientists do not believe it. We have already found more oil and gas than we can use so as to limit global warming to the 1.5 degree Celsius target. Still, I couldn’t pass a single bus stop at home in Stavanger without an advertisement for oil and gas,‘‘ explained Eiterjord.
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