Date: 20 November 2009 04:00
Location: London

Norway's PM: ''We'll make it expensive to pollute''

Prime Minister Stoltenberg at LSE. Photo: Ragna Skøien / Royal Norwegian Embassy

"We'll make it expensive to pollute," said Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, in a speech on energy and the environment at the London School of Economics on Friday 20 November.

Jens Stoltenberg gave a speech as one of the LSE European Institute “Perspectives on Europe” with his lecture entitled  "The Copenhagen Challenge: Reconciling Energy and the Environment". The Prime Minister also met with Scandinavian students of the LSE Scandinavian Students Society.

“We will make it expensive to pollute”, was a key message from the Prime Minister, lecturing over one of the arguably most pressing dilemmas of today; how to reconcile the need for energy and the need for protection of the environment. The Prime Minister also talked about the inseparable issues of global poverty and how to reduce global warming.

“Green technology” was another of Jens Stoltenberg’s messages to a young audience at London School of Economics. Norway’s carbon capture and storage technology was used as an example of the Norwegian efforts to reduce emissions, and as Stoltenberg made it clear; “… if we succeed, carbon capture technology may be the key to really big (CO2) reductions”.  

Jens Stoltenberg’s second government was appointed in October 2005. It was a majority government representing the Labour Party, the Socialist Left Party and the Centre Party. The government was re-elected in a general election in 2009. The last Norwegian government to keep its majority after an election was Per Borten’s coalition government in 1969.

During his visit to London, Jens Stoltenberg also attended a lunch with the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Prime Minister Stoltenberg also met Scandinavian students during his visit to LSE. Photo: Ragna Skøien / Royal Norwegian Embassy

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