Is Norway the Most Hypocritical Nation on Earth?
Norway boasts that it has more electric cars than any other country.
(They obviously think that this is a `good’ thing. Presumably no one in Norway realises that electric cars are bad for the environment in every conceivable way. They require more energy to build than other vehicles. And in most countries the electricity they consume is largely produced – inefficiently - from fossil fuels.)
Norway’s boast is hypocritical because the country gives big subsidies for those using electric vehicles (electric car owners don’t pay road tolls, they park for free and they can use bus lanes) and it can afford to do that because it has a huge Sovereign wealth fund of over $1 trillion.
Per capita, Norway is now one of the richest countries in the world.
And how has it got so rich?
By selling oil to the rest of the world.
The Norwegians want to look like a nation of goody two shoes but they don’t mind allowing other nations to burn Norwegian oil. And they certainly don’t mind profiting from the vast wealth they’ve acquired from their oil sales.
Copyright Vernon Coleman June 2019
Vernon Coleman’s book A Bigger Problem than Climate Change explains why climate change campaigners are missing the point.