Norway won’t get a green cabinet after all. Although the Conservatives give way to the Social Democrats after eight years. Yet the country does not appear to be making a major change in climate policy or in plans to continue drilling for oil or not in the short term.
This Wednesday, future Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (61) announced that he will rule with a minority cabinet made up of his Workers’ Party and the agricultural and oil-loving Center Party. For proponents of firm climate policy, this dispels the hope that oil drilling will change course: both parties are in favor of continuing the drilling in the coming decades.
That change seemed imminent for a moment: in last month’s elections, all green parties won extra seats and during the first formation talks, the environmentally conscious Socialist Left Party (SV) sat at the table. Because she has previously ruled with the Workers’ Party and, unlike the Environment Party, had not made the Greens a firm coalition demand in advance about oil policy, there was hope that the SV would find a place in government. But recently the party withdrew from the talks, precisely because of the poor climate policy of the other parties.
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The coming time will show to what extent the Workers’ Party and the Center Party can maintain their current ideas. Not only do they need other parties as a minority government, but support for the shutdown of oil drilling is also growing within the Workers’ Party – a trend that exists more widely in society. The youth branch of the party (AUF) has a share in this. The AUF, best known as the target of the attack on Utøya, advocates a firmer climate policy than its big brother and regularly demonstrates against oil drilling.
A version of this article also appeared in NRC Handelsblad on 13 October 2021
A version of this article also appeared in NRC in the morning of October 13, 2021