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Norway To Carry On Drilling

June 22, 2017

By Paul Homewood



h/t Patsy Lacey


Apparently Norway don’t read Ambrose Evans-Pritchard!


Norway on Wednesday proposed to open up a record number of blocks in the Barents Sea to oil exploration despite protests from environmentalists and others fearing possible damage to the Arctic region.

The Norwegian oil and energy ministry offered oil companies 93 blocks in the Barents Sea and nine others in the Norwegian Sea, all located beyond the Arctic Circle.

"New (KOSDAQ: 160550.KQnews) exploration acreage promotes long-term activity, value creation and profitable employment in the petroleum industry across the country," Energy Minister Terje Soviknes, a member of the right-wing government, said in a statement.

Public bodies such as the Norwegian Environment Agency, the Directorate of Fisheries and the Norwegian Polar Institute had opposed the opening of several dozens of these blocks, wary of their proximity to the sea ice and the effect of disruptive surveying techniques on valuable fish stocks, among other things.

"This shows that Norway’s government has no respect for the climate goals they signed onto in the Paris agreement," the head of Greenpeace Norway, Truls Gulowsen said, referring to the 2015 COP21 accord aiming to keep global warming to under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial levels.

"The blocks offered are for the most part extremely far north in very fragile areas … but also very expensive to exploit, so it is in all regards oil that should remain underground," he told AFP.

Along with another non-governmental organisation, Greenpeace is already suing the Norwegian state to protest last year’s allocation of other areas in the region for oil exploration. The trial is to begin on November 14.

Norsk Olje og Gass, an organisation representing the oil industry, meanwhile welcomed the government’s announcement, saying it would bring "enormous value to Norwegian society".

The largest producer of black gold in Western Europe, Norway has seen its production halved since the early 2000s.

According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the Barents Sea contains about two-thirds of the nation’s remaining resources.

Companies have until November 30 to submit their applications, with licenses expected to be awarded in the first half of 2018.


Perhaps contrary to common misperception, Norway produces virtually no renewable energy, if hydro is excluded (which of course they have had for a very long time):


  1. June 22, 2017 6:04 pm

    Nothing surprising here having just got back from there. One thing we noticed staying in the houses of several friends, is that they often leave their lights on all the time, presumably because their electricity is so cheap, just about the only thing in Norway which is! They really do love selling their surpluses to Denmark and buying their wind power on the cheap. We covered 4,000 km in total and we didn’t see one wind farm. We did pass one (apparently) but it was shrouded in mist. A very pleasing contrast to a drive through similar scenery in Scotland. I know which I prefer despite the price difference.

    • richard verney permalink
      June 23, 2017 4:12 am

      When I used to live there, people would often have their french doors open on chilly winter nights (say minus 10 to minus 15 degC) just to get some fresh air into the living room.

      Amazing, windows with triple glazing, but doors left open for hours on end.

      I do not know where you were driving, but the Fjord country is truly spectacular.

      • June 23, 2017 6:28 am

        We started in Kristiansand and driver up through the Fjords to Levanger and as you say truly spectacular. The snow was about a month late in thawing according to locals so the many waterfalls were in full flow. We were also very impressed with the glaciers. After that we took the train to Bodø but for three days it stayed cloudy so no midnight sun 😦

      • June 23, 2017 6:30 am

        Drove up!

  2. June 22, 2017 6:53 pm

    I wonder what the grounds are for suing the Government. I hope Greenpeace lose and get landed with enormous costs.

    • Joe Public permalink
      June 22, 2017 7:45 pm

      “I hope Greenpeace lose and get landed with enormous costs.”

      Like they’re heading for in their dispute with Resolute:


    • Henning Nielsen permalink
      June 24, 2017 9:03 pm

      Greenpeace and others refer to §112 in Norway’s constitution, the first lines are:
      “Everyone has the right to an environment that ensures health, and to a nature where production and diversity are preserved. Nature’s resources will be made available on the basis of a long-term and versatile consideration that safeguards this right also for the aftermath.”
      (Norwegian text)

      They claim that our co2 emissions and our oil and gas production is destroying the environment, and thus this activity violates the constitution. A completely false claim of course, and far from the original intention of the law, but I suppose their real aim is to stir up more publicity, and no doubt the loyal MSM will support them.

  3. Jack Broughton permalink
    June 22, 2017 7:42 pm

    Great admiration for the common sense shown by Norway. The one European country that could have easily incorporated wind into its hydroelectric dominated power system but did not, it could even have afforded the wind-blown white elephants out of petty cash. An example to all of sensible planning and good financial sense

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      June 22, 2017 8:34 pm

      They could have paid for those turbines out of the money they get from those (Denmark, Germany) who did install them and often have to sell electricity at low prices when they have surpluses and then buy back at much higher prices. Hmm…perhaps the Norwegians could see a flaw in wind power.

      O/T but today’s laugh – the greens believe that when the wind blows all that electricity from the turbines is used in the home country and it is the polluting carbon producing stuff which is segregated and exported.

      • 1saveenergy permalink
        June 22, 2017 10:20 pm

        It’s one of the current ‘green jobs’… separating clean electrons from dirty ones…watt great potential to transform your life, candidates should have a magnetic personality; color-blind need not apply.

  4. dennisambler permalink
    June 22, 2017 10:27 pm

    “This shows that Norway’s government has no respect for the climate goals they signed onto in the Paris agreement,” the head of Greenpeace Norway, Truls Gulowsen said…..

    • nigel permalink
      June 23, 2017 7:56 am

      “.Norway’s government has no respect for the climate goals…”

      I’m a little international deal…and…I tell you, I don’t get no respect at all!

      Reading the mantra at the end of all effusions from the propaganda outlets of Bureaus of Meteorology, NOAA, etc. I note that the junior scientists with these doomed jobs have become like “happy-clappys” in the Anglican Church. “We will ignore the fact that God is dead and the Devil is in the White House, and carry on with a joyful smile.

  5. Ryddegutt permalink
    June 22, 2017 10:31 pm

    99% of all electrical power in Norway is generated by hydropower. There are no coalplants or gassplants. No houses are connected to gaspipes for heating or cooking, it’s all driven by electrical power except a few houses that still uses oil or wood for heating. And there is generated more electrical power than is used within the country so much of the electric power of it is exported.

    It has been like this for the last 50 years. But the norwegian politician don’t like this situation so they want to introduce more cables to Europe in order to raise the energy prices within Norway.

  6. June 22, 2017 10:52 pm

    Reality vs rhetoric: this is not an ethical or moral issue unless you are a CAGW believer without any hint of skepticism.

    When will the public see actions as reflective of understanding as opposed to cynical expressions of corporate control? Looking at the history of the West since 1750, I’d guess “never”, but I am a creature of my times – cynical.

    We’re in a phase of civilization where idealism trumps realism. We either move beyond it or we die. Darwinian principles ALWAYS prevail.

  7. permalink
    June 23, 2017 6:04 am

    How terrible you Norwegians are!

    • Henning Nielsen permalink
      June 24, 2017 8:53 pm

      Yes we are! But you see, our oil production is the most environmental friendly in the world, that’s the received gospel from our politicians, who have no wish to committ political suicide by cutting out this vital part of our economy. Besides, if we don’t produce the oil, somebody else will. So, although we love Paris and will contribute to the UN Climate Fund (258 mill. dollars so far), and shake our heads in fearful contemplation of the soon-to-come climate disaster, we don’t go so far as to let this affect our national income or workplaces. We pay our “conscience money”, so our conscience is clear. Double standards, you say? That’s in our nature.

  8. Henning Nielsen permalink
    June 24, 2017 8:39 pm

    As a Norwegian, I look forward to the upcoming court case this autumn. It will truly be popcorn time. At the very least, it will highlight the extraordinary hypocrisy of Norwegian politicians, who almost unanimously cling to the Paris agreement and all sorts of alarmism like religious zealots, but on the other hand know perfectly well that to give in to demands to reduce or close down oil and gas production is bound to result in a dramatic fall in national income, and wealth and welfare levels for the population in general. And of course a swift exit for any government foolhardy enough to carry this out.

    It will also be interesting to see if the defendant -the Norwegian state- will make use of some real climate science in their defence, and dare to cast doubt on the alarmist message. I doubt it, the political instructions will probably be very clear in order to avoid such blasphemy, but it will be fun to observe how they defend opening new oil and gas fields without renouncing the politically correct CAGW gospel.

  9. June 25, 2017 5:52 am

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

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