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The Foreigner Unions hit back at CO2 U-turn. Three Norwegian unions have reacted sharply to yesterday’s climate about-face by LO leader Roald Flåthen. A new report from Statistics Norway (SSB) shows greenhouse gases have peaked since 1990. In an interview with Aftenposten, Roar Flåthen alleged politicians had been too ambitious when they agreed the cross-Party climate compromise (“klimaforliket”), saying they had underestimated how difficult it is to cut emissions in Norway. He hinted LO might now withdraw its support.

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Unions hit back at CO2 U-turn

Published on Thursday, 9th June, 2011 at 13:20 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Three Norwegian unions have reacted sharply to yesterday’s climate about-face by LO leader Roald Flåthen.



A new report from Statistics Norway (SSB) shows greenhouse gases have peaked since 1990.

In an interview with Aftenposten, Roar Flåthen alleged politicians had been too ambitious when they agreed the cross-Party climate compromise (“klimaforliket”), saying they had underestimated how difficult it is to cut emissions in Norway. He hinted LO might now withdraw its support.

The Confederation of Vocational Unions (YS), Confederation of Unions for Professionals (Unio), and Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations (Akademikerne) appeal to the government to ignore him.

“We demand the government sticks to its ambitious targets for domesticemissions adoptedbyParliament'sclimateSettlementof 2008,” they write in a joint letter.

Recognising the difficult task that lies ahead, as well as the costs, they nevertheless believe the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) is being “extremely defensive” in giving up on a national emission reduction of two-thirds by 2020.

Opposition politicians also censure Mr Flåthen and his union.

“It is disappointing that LO has abandoned the ambition to reduce Norway’s green house gas emissions by 20 per cent at home by 2020. Rather, LO should have engaged in a discussion about the means by which we realise that ambition,” Conservative (H) MP Nikolai Astrup tells The Foreigner in an email.

Knut Arild Hareide, leader of the Christian Democratic Party (KrF), calls Mr Flåthen’s comments “a paradox”, whilst Liberal (V) leader Trine Skei Grande says “LO’s suggestion that we should reduce our own ambitions comes both as a surprise and disappointment. Roar Flåthen’s comments make us wonder what type of governmental influence LO has bought.”

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and his government also stray into the Opposition’s line of fire.

“The government has implemented few measures aimed at reducing emissions, and the climate bill has been postponed several times,” says Nikolai Astrup.

Trine Skei Grande thinks PM Stoltenberg is being “deliberately vague about the climate compromise.”

As the only Party to vote against the agreement, the Progress Party (FrP) applauds Mr Flåthen’s comments, however.

“His statement is very important, because it revitalises the climate debate. We must dare to discuss the interrelation of means and measures, and create opportunities for a better climate compromise in the future,” says Ulrikke Holmøy, Party Political Advisor on Energy and Environmental Affairs.



Published on Thursday, 9th June, 2011 at 13:20 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: roarflaathen, climatecompromise.


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