Monday, March 24, 2008

Energy Hunt

Oil industry and environment

Marcel Mochet/Agence France-Presse

Norway, a country with merely 5 million inhabitants, is the third largest oil producing country in the world.

New York Time express critical views on Norway's pledge of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

In my opinion, this article reflects a defensive attitude from the US, being one of the countries not willing to commit itself to a common global effort to reduce emissions.

Norway being so lucky in the natural resources lottery, has a responsibility also outside its boarders. It is a matter of fact that most people do not live in Norway. We are all concerned about what will happen with the large developing countries like China and India. It is whether we like it or not how this region handles the energy challenge that will determine the environmental destiny for all of us. What countries like Norway can do is to set the stage by being a good example, support environmental friendly development, improve clean energy production and finally invest in new energy technology development.

Norway may or may not be successful in implementing its policies. It should be no excuse for each and every country to do the same as Norway - TRY!

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