Jensen defends her use of oil money

Finance Minister Siv Jensen has had to fend off lots of criticism since unveiling Norway’s revised state budget for this year. Her decision to dip NOK 7 billion deeper into the country’s huge Oil Fund fueled claims that interest rates are now more likely to rise for a third time later this year, but Jensen […]

Equinor caught in new carbon conflict

They got rid of “state” and “oil” in their corporate name, and even sold off their retail gasoline (petrol) stations to Circle K of Canada. Executives of the former Statoil, now Equinor, however, can’t shake off ongoing conflicts over the carbon emissions its business generates, despite stricter goals for its own oil and gas production. […]

Australians fight Equinor in Oslo

Australia is known for its famed Opera House in Sydney, so perhaps it was only natural for Australians angry with Norway’s state oil company Equinor to mount a protest with Oslo’s own Opera House in the background. Hundreds of demonstrators swam and paddled in the Oslo Fjord on Sunday to demonstrate against the Norwegian oil […]

Oil platform smoke set off alarms

An investigation was underway Thursday into what caused a separator to start smoking on board one of state oil company Equinor’s oil platforms in the North Sea on Wednesday afternoon. The smoke sent around 120 people on board the platform into its lifeboats, and triggered a major emergency response. The smoke, it turned out, was […]

Arctic oil protesters mount drilling rig

Climate activists opposed to Norway’s ongoing oil and gas exploration in the Arctic paddled out once again to a drilling rig moored off Hammerfest on Monday, and climbed up on it to let their protests be known. They demanded that Norway “take its share of responsibility for climate change,” and stop drilling for more oil […]

Equinor slammed again in Australia

Norway’s state oil company Equinor is being accused of making a “sham” out of the public feedback process over its highly controversial oil drilling plans in the rough and deep seas off Australia’s southern coast. It only responded to 13 of around 32,000 public comments in its draft plan for the Great Australian Bight, and […]

Royals confronted again, now over oil

For the second time in as many weeks, members of Norway’s royal family have been confronted while abroad with what’s seen as the hypocrisy of Norwegian climate and environmental policy. Crown Prince Haakon was the latest to receive a plea for help, this time in a South Pacific island nation that’s threatened by the carbon […]

Oil exploration limit may hurt Labour

Climate concerns won out over job creation when Norway’s largest political party, Labour, shifted course and voted to limit oil exploration off the northern coast. The party’s biggest supporter, trade union federation LO, was disappointed, while one Labour veteran fears more industrial-minded members will leave the party that’s already losing both members and voters. “I […]

Climate criticism hits Center Party

One deputy leader of the Center Party with a stake in the oil business wants Norway to pump up as much oil and gas as it can, while another is listening to calls for a more climate- and environment-friendly profile. As otherwise upbeat party members gathered for their annual national meeting this weekend, they’re split […]

Climate strikers defy adults’ scoldings

They were out early in front of the Parliament on Friday, and some had camped overnight. As thousands also gathered all over the country for Norway’s biggest school strikes for the climate so far, they faced both ridicule and scoldings from an elder generation of politicians and other adults who still support the country’s oil […]