Norway kicked out of the climate club

Norway kicked out of the climate club

(This discussion post Originally published on EverythingIn which ABC Nighter has a collaboration).

Recently, Norway was notified that it is not allowed to participate in the meetings of the High Ambition Group. The High Ambition Coalition (HAC), established by the Marshall Islands during the Climate Summit in Paris, is actively working to secure the most ambitious climate goals and agreements possible.

Not surprisingly, vulnerable island states are the driving forces behind an ambitious climate policy, given that climate change is going to overwhelm their entire livelihoods. But Norway has also been an active and proud member of the HAC. Until now.

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This spring, Norway received a clear message that we are no longer needed in the climate club. The decision comes as Norway is still actively searching Further Oil and gas are completely against the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. Norway has not signed any of the HAC's joint declarations since the Storr government came to power in 2021. Here, too, Norwegian oil interests are sticking sticks in the wheels.

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Norwegian storytelling

Norway does not agree with the HAC that the world should phase out Everyone Fossil energy sources. The Norwegian story is that oil and gas are not a problem – as long as we eliminate emissions. The government firmly believes that new technologies like carbon capture and storage and blue hydrogen are the way, the truth and the life. However, HAC does not believe that new technology will save the world from the climate crisis. Instead, it is more problematic when Norway and many other fossil-fuel-producing countries use legislation on future cleanup technologies as an excuse to continue as before.

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Norway's role as a hypocrite inspires hatred

The decision to kick Norway out of the climate club joins a long line of ever-growing dissatisfaction with Norway's climate efforts. The UN held in New York in September Norway was denied speaking time. UN The Secretary-General was tired of all countries making good speeches without making concrete contributions. Norway received negative attention during the climate talks in Dubai and was labeled a liar. “Countries that are phasing out fossil fuels are expanding their oil and gas operations. Norway, Australia, Canada and the US,” thundered Bolivia from the stage.

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Four weeks after the climate summit, the government issued 62 new exploration licenses to oil companies.

Bolivia is absolutely right. On the one hand, Norwegian dealers made a reasonable effort during the climate summit in Dubai. The result was a historic decision in which all the world's nations agreed to “divest from fossil energy”, much to the applause and relief of the audience. But the Norwegian delegation had not set foot on Norwegian soil for long before the government said the decision from Dubai would have no consequences for Norwegian oil policy. Four weeks after the climate summit, the government issued 62 new exploration licenses to oil companies.

It's not me, it's you

Nor did the climate and environment minister's reaction to the fact that Norway was no longer allowed to join the climate club cast doubt on Norway's position. to do NRK Bjelland says he thinks Eriksen Alliance Group has moved in the wrong direction.

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– It's a shame to see this group selected by the coalition and coalition leaders. I think it's going in the wrong direction, says Bjelland Eriksson.

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In other words, Norway's expulsion from the High Ambition Group is the fault of the island states (disappearing under water). Not because there is anything wrong with Norwegian oil policy.

(Voices is ABC Nyheter's discussion section where regular and occasional contributors write about news-related topics. We also collaborate with the political online newspaper Altinget.no . If you are burning with a comment or analysis, you can send the text to [email protected] and we will consider it).

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