‘Embarrassing’ energy plan unveiled

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Norwegian government worked hard this week to put the best possible spin on its oil and energy plans for the future, while also learning that Norway’s carbon emissions have actually been higher than previously reported. “This is embarrassing and now it’s full alarm,” claimed the leader of Norway’s chapter of Friends of […]

Oslo chided over large PR budget

The City of Oslo’s so-called “Climate Agency” (Klimaetaten) was drawing criticism this week after it put out a call for a new advertising and PR agency for promotion and communications that can cost up to NOK 37 million (USD 4.5 million). “Does the Climate Agency think money grows on trees?” asked an opposition politician from […]

Norway won’t stop searching for oil

Top Norwegian politicians are defying calls from the International Energy Agency (IEA) to halt more investment in new oil fields. Both the Conservatives and the Labour Party say they still don’t see any reason to revise oil policy, while a string of climate and environmental advocates suggest the political leaders are simply in denial mode. […]

Complaints pile up against Equinor

Environmental organizations and some stock analysts are complaining that troubled state oil company Equinor isn’t disclosing all its carbon emissions to the public and investors. Meanwhile, concerns over cost-cutting and a lack of maintenance at various facilities continue to rise, while Equinor itself has postponed a reopening of its Hammerfest LNG gas plant on the […]

Erna: ‘No plans to change oil policy’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been taking part in this week’s virtual “Leaders Summit on Climate” at the invitation of new US President Joe Biden. He’s called for a global halt to oil drilling in the Arctic, but Solberg has no intention of ending Norway’s own Arctic oil exploration and production. “We have no plans […]

Leader defends ‘radical’ agenda

Just before taking off on maternity leave, Greens leader Une Bastholm has had to fend off lots of negative reaction to the new platform hammered out by her party during the weekend. The Greens’ agenda has been deemed both far too radical and authoritarian by potential government partners. Bastholm has hoped to cooperate with both […]

Greens fade after alienating voters

NEWS ANALYSIS: Radical politics on both the climate and social fronts have cut the popularity of Norway’s Green Party by more than half in Oslo, arguably its most important election district. As the party gathered over the weekend for its annual national meeting, there was no sign of remorse or worry among party leadership but […]

Disney puts the spotlight on Svalbard

The nature film unit of entertainment giant Disney is preparing a new documentary on how climate change is affecting the Norwegian-administered Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Part of the filming process, however, doesn’t seem particularly climate-friendly. Norwegian media has noted that Disney applied for, and received, permission for no less than 20 helicopter landings on various […]

Thin ice killed an environmental activist

UPDATED: Norwegian environmentalists were mourning the death this week of Kurt Oddekalv, long one of the country’s most high-profile and radical amongst them. Oddekalv was often referred to as an environmental “warrior.” His body was recovered by search and rescue crews after alarms were sounded late Monday that someone may have gone through the ice […]

‘Master plan’ for climate draws flak

The Norwegian government rolled out its new “master plan” for meeting climate goals on Friday, just a day after state meteorologists confirmed that last year was Norway’s warmest ever. The plan for cutting the emissions blamed for climate change met an immediate storm of criticism, but also some praise. Opposition parties complained that the government’s […]