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Hardanger power pylons pull Labour’s popularity down. Ripple effects from the government’s decision to go ahead with the Hardangervidda power pylon project continue to be felt. Voters and politicians alike in the west of Norway are turning their backs on Labour (Ap). In less than two months Labour’s popularity has sunk over ten percent on Vestlandet, according to a new opinion poll carried out on behalf of VG. Only 16.2 percent say they’d now vote for the Party. Local politicians are up in arms about the project.

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Hardanger power pylons pull Labour’s popularity down

Published on Thursday, 5th August, 2010 at 14:12 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Ripple effects from the government’s decision to go ahead with the Hardangervidda power pylon project continue to be felt. Voters and politicians alike in the west of Norway are turning their backs on Labour (Ap).

Sunset over Nutenutan, Hardangervidda
Sunset over Nutenutan, Hardangervidda
Photo: Jostein Nymoen/Wikimedia Commons


Political unrest

In less than two months Labour’s popularity has sunk over ten percent on Vestlandet, according to a new opinion poll carried out on behalf of VG.

Only 16.2 percent say they’d now vote for the Party. Local politicians are up in arms about the project.

“Hordaland Ap is still against pylons in Hardanger, and we will continue working against the decision,” says Deputy Leader Jette Christensen.

Both Mona Hellesnes, the Liberal Party’s (V) Mayor of Ulvik in Hordaland, and Socialist Left (SV) MP Gina Barstad, have threatened to chain themselves to the pylons.

“I’d rather put up with a scratch on the Party’s record as this matter is so important,” Barstad says.

Brush-off

Nationally, over 50 percent are opposed to the pylons. But Labour’s Deputy Leader Helge Pedersen claims the situation is temporary and defends Bergen’s need for a reliable power supply.

“It’s just an immediate reaction to an unpopular decision,” she tells the paper.

Petroleum and Energy Minister Terje Riis-Johansen is also sticking to his guns, unperturbed by the results of the poll.

“There aren’t many who like power lines. I don’t expect people to be enthusiastic about pylons.”




Published on Thursday, 5th August, 2010 at 14:12 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: hardangerfjorden, hardanger, hordaland, terje, riis-johansen, minister, petroleum, energy, ministry, power, lines, cables, pylons, bergen, electricity, statnett, controversy, opposition, nature.





  
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