Norwegian SV is Pessimist about Climate Goals

Former Socialist Left Party (SV) leader and Environment Minister Erik Solheim said climate policy will never reach the goal of 20 percent cuts in emissions. Talking to Norwegian daily Klassekampen,  Solheim said that SV, Liberals (Venstre), Christian Democrat Party (Krf) and The Greens (Grønn) should stop struggling with each other and instead begin to cooperate. 

– Whether it’s the choice of coalition partners or budget negotiations, the environment must have a much more central place in Norwegian politics, says Solheim to the newspaper.

Former SV leader also advocates the necessity of a “strategic reorientation of Norwegian politics” where the environmental movements go together with environmental parties to promote the zero point in politics.

– The regulations and policy paper on the issue is super optimists, forecasting the instruments in climate policy will achieve the goal of 20 percent cuts in emissions. If we are to save nature for future generations, we need a new thinking in Norwegian politics, he said.

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