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Minister-greens row sinks election polls. Petroleum and Energy Minister Ola Borten Moe’s public environmentalist battle has diminished voter trust in politicians. As the local election campaign ends its third week, only 7% believe government officials are vote-worthy regarding environmental issues and concerns, according to NRK’s latest interactive website poll. The result comes at the same time Minister of Petroleum and Energy publicly announced this week he will fight the greens.

olabortenmo, frederichauge, arildhermstad



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Minister-greens row sinks election polls

Published on Friday, 2nd September, 2011 at 12:49 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 7th September 2011 at 10:11.

Petroleum and Energy Minister Ola Borten Moe’s public environmentalist battle has diminished voter trust in politicians.

Ola Borten Mo, Oil and Energy Minister
Ola Borten Mo, Oil and Energy Minister
Photo: Berit Roald/Scanpix/OED


As the local election campaign ends its third week, only 7% believe government officials are vote-worthy regarding environmental issues and concerns, according to NRK’s latest interactive website poll.

The result comes at the same time Minister of Petroleum and Energy publicly announced this week he will fight the greens.

“I experience the environmental movement actively puts obstacles on the path to succeeding in our ambitious climate targets. Simultaneously having an ambition for increased renewable energy production and refusing to accepts its consequences doesn’t go together,” the minister said to NRK.

His comments come before packing his bags and travelling to China near the end of the month for a crucial global environment meeting.

Bellona leader Frederic Hauge retaliated to the minister’s remarks. During NRK’s debate programme, “Her & Nå”, Mr Hauge allegedly called him “an incompetent liar who has declared war on the environmental movement.”

Refusing to apologise, Minister Borten Moe told NTB that, “Frederic Hauge uses phrases and expressions that I do not recognise. He comes with personal attacks and issues that don’t belong in a civilised political debate.”

Meanwhile, WWF placed an advert in various Norwegian national newspapers looking for “a responsible Energy Minister that has the capacity and will to lead Norway into the renewable energy age.”

Arild Hermstad, leader of organisation The Future in Our Hands, advises a change of tactic by the minister if he wants to retain his position in the Cabinet.

“Unfortunately, he is about to become a major climate problem for both Norway and the government,” he said to NRK.



Published on Friday, 2nd September, 2011 at 12:49 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 7th September 2011 at 10:11.

This post has the following tags: olabortenmo, frederichauge, arildhermstad.





  
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