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Norway Labor Lawmaker Says He’s Open to Debate on Oil Policy

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Espen Barth Eide
Espen Barth Eide

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For establishment politicians in Norway, discussing changes to the country’s oil policies is akin to swearing in church.

That’s what happened this week, when the Labor Party’s top energy lawmaker, said he was open to debating taxes and incentives for oil companies, including a lucrative exploration cash refund. Labor is the biggest opposition party and the comments carry extra weight because the group is backed by powerful oil worker unions and has been an industry ally since Norway started producing petroleum in the 1970s.