Saturday, May 21

Listhaug: Would not have built foreign cables if we knew what we now know

FRP leader Sylvi Listhaug will not do as the finance minister asks and apologize for the previous government’s electricity policy, but says they should not build cables.

There was not as good an atmosphere between FRP leader Sylvi Listhaug and SP leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum in a debate on electricity prices on Thursday. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
Electricity prices have led to strong criticism of the decision to build new power cables abroad. But who is responsible for it, the Center Party and the Progress Party strongly disagree on. Illustration photo: Marius Helge Larsen / NTB

In Politisk Kvarter on NRK on Thursday morning, Listhaug was again challenged by Minister of Finance Trygve Slagsvold Vedum (Sp) about the electricity policy pursued by the Solberg government with the FRP’s support.

Vedum apologized to Listhaug and pointed out that Frp had been for power cables abroad in its program and supported this in the government.

– If we had known what we know today, I do not think we would have built these cables, Listhaug says.

Vedum has responded to Listhaug’s criticism of the government by calling her the mother of foreign cables.

Vedum also had to answer for what the Center Party has previously meant in government, when the then Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borten Moe advocated foreign cables.

– We believed that we had to have a state management and control. The Center Party has always believed that we must have state control, says Vedum.

He believes the government took over problems as the previous government entered into agreements to send electricity out of the country. Listhaug says Frp has since then invited the Center Party to talks to change the policy, without anything having happened.

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