IEA reportRecently, the government has received a lot of criticism for continuing with oil exploration after the International Energy Agency (IEA) stated in a report that there is no room for new oil and gas fields if global warming is to be limited to 1.5 degrees. The Center Party’s (SP) parliamentary representative Lars Haltbrekken accused the government of deliberately heading towards a climate crisis. “It is absolutely incredible that the clear warnings from the International Energy Agency, not to start any new oil and gas fields, have no consequences for the government’s oil policy. Instead, they choose to ‘drill and drive,'” he said. “This message welds Norway firmly into the oil age,” agreed Arild Hermstad, acting leader of the Green Party (MDG). Solberg told NTB that the government aims to keep down to 1.5 degrees as much as possible. But the system in the Paris Agreement means that the emissions are counted where oil and gas are burned, not where it is pumped up, she emphasized.
Will let the markets decideAccording to the prime minister, a stop of exploration by a large petroleum producer such as Norway would have to be part of a larger, international plan. “The countries saying that are the ones that have finished their oil and gas business. It costs them nothing. It costs them no jobs,” Solberg said when she and Bru presented the report. According to Bru, it is the markets that must decide.
“It will have no effect if Norway as a single country says we’re stopping this. Then others will fill these market shares.”
Anniken Hauglie, leader of the interest group Norwegian Oil and Gas, believes that continued exploration is absolutely necessary to avoid a rapid fall in production.
“We are very pleased that the government will continue the main lines of oil and gas policy and are clear that the oil policy is fixed,” she said.
“It provides a basis for the energy resources, also in the future, to create significant values and jobs throughout the country.”
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