Solberg wraps up her ‘farewell tour’

Norway’s outgoing prime minister, Erna Solberg, spent most of this past week on her last major official trip abroad. She and her foreign minister Ine Eriksen Søreide bowed out on the international stage at the UN General Assembly in New York, before both return to their seats in Parliament when a new Norwegian government takes […]

Oil industry expects a new energy crisis

Recently soaring electricity rates in Norway and high gasoline prices at the pump are just a taste of what may lay ahead, warn various oil industry players. They have their own vested interests and can profit on such booms, but several meeting in Oslo last week think consumers need to brace for a new energy […]

Oil tax changes shift exploration risk

The Conservatives’ Oil Minister Tina Bru and Finance Minister Jan Tore Sanner surprised just about everyone Tuesday evening, when they proposed some climate-friendly changes in Norway’s tax system for the oil industry. The changes, if approved by Parliament, will leave the industry facing much more of the financial risks involved in oil and gas exploration […]

Oslo residents want to halt oil production

A majority of Norwegians still want to search for more oil, but not those living in Oslo and several other Norwegian cities. Yet another survey shows fully 56 percent of the capital’s population opposed to ongoing oil exploration, and only 38 percent in favour. Residents of small towns and cities showed as many as 64 […]

Anti-oil protests clogged traffic

Police in Oslo arrested 29 young activists from the radical environmental group Extinction Rebellion Norway on Monday, after they blocked traffic at a busy uptown intersection. The demonstrators, demanding an end to more oil exploration, also streamed into the government’s Oil Ministry after earlier mounting demonstrations at state-owned oil company Equinor and in Oslo’s Frogner […]

Another survey backs oil industry

Support for climate-oriented political parties in Norway is rising and anti-oil activists mounted a demonstration Thursday that shut down a major oil terminal. Recent surveys, however, indicate that a clear majority of Norwegians think their government should continue to allow more exploration for offshore oil and gas.  Fully 55 percent of those responding to the […]

Norway’s climate policy defies UN

NEWS ANALYSIS: The front pages of Norwegian newspapers on Tuesday were all prominently featuring the UN’s dire report this week that deadly climate change is well underway. All of Norway’s biggest political parties, however, are defying the UN secretary general’s plea to stop looking for more sources of coal, oil and gas. Neither the Conservative […]

Emissions lower than initially calculated

Closed borders, empty airports and grounded flights during the Corona pandemic haven’t had a major effect on carbon emissions, according to the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), but emissions last year are lower than previously stated. That’s because of an error in calculating Norwegian carbon emissions. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) reported last […]

Experts want to move the ice edge

As Norway continues to allow more oil drilling in the Arctic to find new sources of both oil and gas, researchers want to expand the so-called “ice edge zone” that aims to protect sensitive Arctic areas. They want maximum inclusion of the areas where ice forms during the course of a year. The current ice […]

‘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 […]