Party leader Kuri Melby (V) did not intervene when he spoke to TV2 during the Liberal Party’s national board meeting.
The party leader believes the government does not have adequate measures and plans on how to reduce the pollution promised by Norway by 2030 and 2050.
In addition, he condemns Environment Minister Espen Barth Ede (Labor) for giving the impression of something else.
– When Barth Aid was at the climate summit in Stockholm on June 3, he said on KLD’s Twitter: “The time has come for increasing change for small adaptations. What we need to do now is systematic, strategic, transformative change in practically everything.”
That is, the time has come for a complete change in climate work, and it must take place in a systematic and strategic way at all levels.
– I think it’s almost a parody. He also says that it refers to action, not elegant words. Here, Barth Ede is the opposite example. He uses the right words, but does not do what is necessary, says Melby, and emphasizes:
– The gap between the words of Barth Eday and the policy they follow is widening.
The party leader answers
The Ministry of Climate and Environment has put forward all of Melby’s criticisms.
In an email to Secretary of State Sigrid Hagru Melhous (Labor) TV 2, Espen Barth Eide nailed the head when he said that all decisions they make should be about climate.
– The government works with this every day. The government will reduce emissions and create jobs. We will manage the so-called climate budgets that follow the state budget and quickly develop a new climate plan that shows how we can reduce emissions by 2030.
“Unfortunately, the previous government did not lay enough foundation here, so we are working with a large balance,” Melhos writes.
He records that Kuri Melby will speak the words, but says the party leader must be honest with voters about the hard numbers.
Last week, statistics showed that Norway had stopped emitting greenhouse gases by 2021, and that year Norway’s climate policy was largely with their climate minister, led by the Liberal Party. The Liberal Party has been on the wheel of climate policy in Norway for 8 years, and Norway is nowhere near the required emissions reduction.
Melby, for its part, says that every time the government had the opportunity to strengthen climate policy in the budget, they used the opportunity to weaken it.
– Among other things, we see this in the change of the CO2 line. When the new government had the opportunity to change the budget, they proposed to weaken the CO2 tax so that it would be two million tons lower than our government had planned, Melby says.
Now the party leader will challenge the government on very specific projects so that Norway can achieve the climate goals and commitments for the EU.
– They want to increase the CO2 tax by 2030, and it is important that the government does this now so that the business community has time to adjust. In addition, they should allocate more money for public transport, and reduce ticket prices.
Compared to 2019, car traffic in Oslo has increased by 4.7 percent.
Melby believes this is a sign that the epidemic has changed people’s habits, and that public transportation needs to be more attractive to maximize its use.
Increased CO2 tax
Melhus, in the Ministry of Climate and Environment, on the contrary, believes that the current government has continued to provide climate policy since taking office last fall.
– We have strengthened Enova with NOK 750 million by 2022. Among other things, the money used to uncover good climate solutions in the industry and to charge infrastructure for electric cars in municipalities across Norway, Melhus writes:
– We will establish a restrictive climate partnership with the business community and soon the government will introduce the map for green industry promotion. The government has further supported public transport as a result of the epidemic.
As for the CO2 tax, Melhous writes that the government increased it in the 2022 budget.
– And we are clear that we will continue to increase until 2030. But the environmental tax increase is not the solution to everything. We must use the entire toolbox to obtain the required emission reductions.
Moreover, the party leader hopes that the government will join the ongoing sea breeze in Europe.
IN In May, the government launched its initiativeNorway aims to install 30 gigawatts of seawater by 2040.
– I do not trust only the government. Melby says we need to cooperate with the countries around us.
Finally, she wants the government to stop looking for oil, especially to say that there is no new whistling field in the form of storting.
In the spring of 2020, Sorting introduced favorable tax conditions for the oil industry. Former Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) expressed regret.
Melby believes the controversial growth of the whistling industry would not have been profitable without the oil tax package.
The Conservatives immediately dismiss Melby’s challenge. Vice President Tina Bru says the party will stand by the oil tax package.
– Although we look back on the fact that a package was not needed as much as it was, we now have to stand behind it for the forecast of the industry. However, Prue says the package will expire later this year.
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