Solberg: Climate is more than oil and oil production

Erna SolbergPhoto: Hanna Johre / NTB
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The Conservatives believe they can cut emissions without stopping oil exploration in Norway. Higher CO2 taxes could result in cuts by making it more expensive to pollute.

“In Norway, the issue of climate change has become very synonymous with the issue of oil and oil production. If we are to achieve our climate goals, then there are completely different areas where big changes must be carried out,” Erna Solberg told the newspaper Aftenposten.

Part of Solberg’s solution for cutting emissions is an increase in the CO2 tax, which would reduce emissions by making it more expensive to pollute.

Furthermore, the Conservatives want to give tax breaks to people with low incomes.

“We have carried out an electric car revolution based on large subsidies. Now the next step awaits: The big cuts in CO2 emissions going forward are about cutting emissions from trucks, heavy transport, and shipping.”

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3 Comments on "Solberg: Climate is more than oil and oil production"

  1. Erna must be feeling the pressure from the Greens in this election. What she should instead be pushing for is drastic international cutback in fossil fuel production, consumption, and pollution – all countries cutting back proportionately with international verification and enforcement – not the revenue-/budget-devastating total stoppage in Norway which the Greens are unreasonably demanding.

    Senterpartei/Sp might note that Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party (SNP) in Scotland – and the Scots are working up to another independence referendum – is allying with the Scottish Greens.

  2. Also, although it is very good to see these environmental measures against CO2 in Norway, Norwegians’ pollution is miniscule in the world in comparison to other countries … consuming Norway’s (and other countries’) oil.
    Fossil fuel *production* must be the target, and it must be drastically and internationally imposed absolutely as soon as possible.

    And there are other forms of pollution – plastics, cfcs, etc. – which must be similarly dealt with as soon as possible.

  3. I really really think there’s a Russian/Oil backed money going into the MDG’s and how they’re thinking in Norway.

    Nothing in the world will change with Norway stopping oil exploration, literally nothing. Only the fact that Norway will lose the access to the budget and impact that could have gone into actually pushing the world towards a greener future.

    I hope the voters in Norway start to see it, that there’s no simplistic, local solution for climate and any reasonable workable solution should require a global reduction on the demand side, not production.

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