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In Norway, A Growing Movement Builds an Oil-Free Future


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In Norway, A Growing Movement Builds an Oil-Free Future

Truls Gulowsen

As a Norwegian, I admit to being kind of proud to see Norway at the top of the UN’s latest global happiness index. And the ranking makes sense: We’re blessed with snow, water, and mountains, effective public education and health care systems, plentiful jobs in a well-regulated economy, and a free and open democracy not too hobbled by fake news or Trumpian bluster.


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I have a Norwegian heritage, thus should, I suppose, be proud of what Norway is doing. However, I'm forced to "rain on Gulowsen's parade": Regardless of what Norway does, there WILL be an oil-free future for the simple reason that humans will, within a matter of years, be joining the many other species now going extinct, during this period of "the sixth extinction." (Go to the Arctic News Blog, for example.)


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Let's also remember that Norway started up its commercial whaling industry again as well. Despite the government claims their whaling is not "ecological" at all and not confined to Norwegian waters.


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Good point!