The new government will continue to open up to oil and gas exploration in new areas, according to the Hurdal platform. – says Lars Haltbrekken in SV.
The new governance platform of the new minority government was unveiled in Hurdal on Wednesday by Labor Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre and Center Party leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum.
Overall, the government wants Norway to cut emissions by 55 percent by 2030 and the oil industry to cut 50 percent over the same period, as the Storting has decided. Like the previous government, they want to raise the CO2 tax to 2,000 kroner a ton in 2030, which is around three times the current level.
The search for new oil and gas will continue, the two ruling parties believe.
“The oil and gas industry must develop, not liquidate,” write the Labor Party and the Center Party in the introduction to the 80-page publication. the government platform.
They point out that oil and gas contribute large revenues and many jobs for Norway.
“The government will facilitate a continued high level of activity on the Norwegian platform,” the parties write.
Storting representative Lars Haltbrekken (SV) is critical of the new government’s oil plans and says SV will work for oil and gas exploration in new areas in the Storting period until 2025.
– This was gray and sad, says Haltbrekken to E24.
Will allow more exploration
The Center Party and the Labor Party say the regular licensing system will be maintained and that they will continue to grant permits to search for new oil and gas, according to the government platform.
“Permits to search for oil and gas in new areas will continue to be granted. During this legislature, exploration will be carried out mainly through predictable access to the exploration area through allocation in already predefined areas (APA),” writes Sp and Ap on the government platform.
The pause is critical to the fact that the government will continue to allow oil and gas exploration.
– They go to look for oil and gas in new areas. There are constant courses in oil and gas policy, constant courses towards more oil drilling in vulnerable areas as well. This is contrary to what the International Energy Agency says that we cannot open new developments, says Haltbrekken.
There has been much debate about future oil exploration after a sensational roadmap to zero emissions from the International Energy Agency (IEA) in May. There, the IEA said that no new oil and gas projects will be needed after 2021 if the world invests as much in renewable energy as is needed to reach the 1.5 degree target.
The SP and the Labor Party aim to reduce emissions from oil and gas production on the Norwegian platform by 50 percent by 2030 and to zero by 2050, according to the Hurdal platform. They will also demand that oil companies carry out climate risk resistance tests on their decisions and report this to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
– Climatic waterfall
Although the government emphasizes predefined areas, Haltbrekken interprets this to mean that Støre and Vedum will also continue to distribute new licenses through the regular licensing rounds.
– I interpret that this also opens up to retain ordinary licensing rounds, a model of the conservative government’s climate-damaging and environmental oil policy, which also hurts investment in green industry in Norway in the future, says Haltbrekken.
When SV did not join the government, it was partly because the party did not get enough support in the climate field. However, the government depends on SV support, in particular, to carry out its budgets in the Storting and therefore there is great tension related to what SV can get in return for this support.
Haltbrekken will not advance whether SV will make any outright demands regarding oil exploration in the budget negotiations, but makes clear that the party does not want more exploration.
– We have already made proposals to stop exploration and will work to stop exploration for the next four years, says Haltbrekken.
Must have SV support
The SV party is much more skeptical of oil than the SP and the Labor Party. If SV gets support for its positions in the budget negotiations, it will be able to slow down the development of Norway’s most important export industry.
These are some of SV’s wishes for oil and gas policy:
- Reduce Norway’s oil and gas production to help achieve global climate goals.
- raise the CO2 tax to 2,000 kroner a ton immediately, which would cost Equinor several billion more a year
- not allowing more exploration of new oil and gas
- strict profitability and climate impact requirements to extend oil and gas licenses
- Consider a tax on oil and gas extraction, previously set at NOK 25 per barrel or a total of NOK 14 billion per year.
Believes that Norway has a historical responsibility
SV believes the world has found more fossil resources than it can extract if the 1.5 degree target is to be reached. The party also believes that high investments in oil and gas take resources away from other industries. Therefore, they want a planned transition to an economy with less oil.
The party also believes that Norway has a historical responsibility to reduce emissions, as the country has exported oil and gas for more than 50 years.
SV also supports a higher CO2 tax on gasoline and diesel, while the Labor Party and the Socialist People’s Party want to protect motorists, especially in rural areas.
There are about 158,000 employees in the oil and gas industry, according to Norway Statistics.
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