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Norwegian government proposes policy to maintain fossil fuel extraction

Oslo wants to continue to open new oil and gas exploration areas ranging from the North Sea to the Arctic Ocean rather than following Denmark's example of setting a final end date for the domestic industry, which Norway's premier calls an easy win.

Photo: Olje- og energidepartementet

The Norwegian government's energy policy proposal revealed Friday last week suggests that the country should have a "future-oriented oil and gas industry with low emissions". That can be interpreted in two ways:

Firstly, that the country should intensify its efforts to further reduce the emissions of the domestic fossil industry, already one the cleanest in the world. Or, secondly, that Norway ought to persist in extracting oil while also probing for more – not least in Arctic waters and the northern part of the Barents Sea.

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