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Updated: Terje Riis-Johansen quits Government. Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Minister Terje Riis-Johansen has resigned from his post today for political reasons. The last half year has been a turbulent one for the minister, who suffered heavy criticism for his handling of Mongstad’s carbon capture and storage project, and decision to build the controversial Hardanger power pylons. It is believed Mr Riis-Johansen made his decision to step down so he could stand for mayor of Telemark County.

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Updated: Terje Riis-Johansen quits Government

Published on Friday, 4th March, 2011 at 09:19 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 4th March 2011 at 13:45.

Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Minister Terje Riis-Johansen has resigned from his post today for political reasons.

Terje Riis-Johansen and Jens Stoltenberg
Terje Riis-Johansen and Jens Stoltenberg
Photo: Arbeiderpartiet/Flickr


The last half year has been a turbulent one for the minister, who suffered heavy criticism for his handling of Mongstad’s carbon capture and storage project, and decision to build the controversial Hardanger power pylons.

It is believed Mr Riis-Johansen made his decision to step down so he could stand for mayor of Telemark County.

“He decided at Christmas after receiving a request from the nominations committee. This is what he wanted,” an anonymous source tells Dagbladet.

The minister also announced prior to 2009’s general election that he wanted to return home to his family, according to Aftenposten.

Bellona leader Frederic Hauge greeted the news of the “lump of jelly in Statoil’s hands” minister’s now official decision positively.

“It’s about time. The way he dealt with Mongstad was reason enough. Each year of his ministerial position was equivalent to two further years of delays to the gas power plant’s CCS project. He is a pleasant person, but has lacked the power to act and resolve the future’s climate and energy challenges,” Mr Hauge tells VG.

Replacing Mr Riis-Johansen is Centre Party (Sp) colleague Ola Borten Moe. In his second term in Parliament, Mr. Moe has presided over the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Business and Industry, and a former member of the Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment.

Ketil Solvik Olsen, the Progress Party's (FrP) spokesperson on oil, energy, and climate change, tells The Foreigner he welcomes the minister's resignation.

"The Party is very pleased with the change of minister. His credibility has not been regarded as particularly high. He had the wrong strategy, dealing with matters on a case-by-case basis, rather than looking at the overall picture."

Mr Solvik Olsen says he also is optimistic about the new minister.

"Providing he doesn’t become a ‘yes, Prime Minister’ man, I have high hopes about what he can achieve. His oil and gas-related policies echo a good deal of ours.

Today, Head of State His Majesty King Harald V of Norway gave his formal consent to Minister Riis-Johansen's resignation.




Published on Friday, 4th March, 2011 at 09:19 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 4th March 2011 at 13:45.

This post has the following tags: terjeriis-johansen, petroleumandenergyminister, olabortenmoe.





  
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