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Norway MPs preferred elephants to environment. Four of seven Norwegian politicians went hunting for ‘The Big Five’ in South Africa, returning as black sheep. World and Norwegian officials were trying to thrash out a new climate agreement in Durban, Thursday, but the MPs went on a safari instead. “We took the opportunity to visit the national park since there were no other official assignment for MPs,” Siri A. Meling, First Vice Chair on Parliament’s Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment for the Conservative Party (H), said to NRK.

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Norway MPs preferred elephants to environment

Published on Friday, 9th December, 2011 at 22:04 under the news category, by Ioana Dan and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 9th December 2011 at 22:44.

Four of seven Norwegian politicians went hunting for ‘The Big Five’ in South Africa, returning as black sheep.

Lion sculpture outside parliament
Lion sculpture outside parliament
Photo: John Erling Blad/Wikimedia Commons


World and Norwegian officials were trying to thrash out a new climate agreement in Durban, Thursday, but the MPs went on a safari instead.

“We took the opportunity to visit the national park since there were no other official assignment for MPs,” Siri A. Meling, First Vice Chair on Parliament’s Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment for the Conservative Party (H), said to NRK.

Alleging that the safari’s aim was to see how predators and biodiversity is managed by the park, Ms Meling declared, “using the opportunity to see other sides of South Africa relevant to my [committee] work must be completely legitimate.”

Ministers and delegates from nearly two hundred countries are working very hard to prevent the collapse of climate negotiations in Durban, Natal. The main issue remains the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. Countries covered by the present agreement will be no longer be bound to reduce emissions without a new consensus,

Nations such as the US, China, and India say negotiating a new agreement can wait until about 2020, whilst Norway and the EU want these to be completed no later than 2015.

Bellona Foundation leader Fredrik Hauge was “slightly surprised” the MPs chose the safari instead of the climate negotiations.

“It is important that MPs are present. They have a role to play as representatives of Norway and can help influence matters”, he said, “going on a safari is well-deserved, but they should have used Sunday instead which was a day off. We should all be working hard together to achieve a result the rest of the time, even though it’s extremely tough.”

Centre Party (Sp) MP Erling Sande, who also went on the trip, commented that, “We have followed the talks all the way, but are not involved in negotiating. It is not natural, therefore, that we would attend all of the meetings. Nevertheless, we are following what is happening down here.”

Defending the safari, Progress’ (FrP) Oskar Grimstad MP told Aftenposten by phone, “We got up at 5:30am and paid out of our own pockets to get professional inspiration. We didn’t see any lions.”

The Conservatives' Gunnar Gundersen made up the party to four.



Published on Friday, 9th December, 2011 at 22:04 under the news category, by Ioana Dan and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 9th December 2011 at 22:44.

This post has the following tags: norwaypoliticianssafari, globalco2emissions, globalclimatechange, ciceronorway, durbancop17cmp7.





  
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