1. Excellent article Tom. I hope it is widely read and carefully considered. I cannot fault it, except perhaps that it is a bit long – a shortened version might be useful for all those short attention span types that prevail nowadays. Oh, and the notion of everyone fishing in their leisure time – poor fish!

    14th May 2013
    • Tom Chance said:

      I’m glad you liked it. I hadn’t stopped to think what veggies and vegans would make of Marx’s remarks! Perhaps it could but time on the allotment instead.

      14th May 2013
  2. Mjfchance said:

    Brilliant article. It’s true that many studies show there’s no correlation between wealth and happiness, rather it exists between happiness and equal wealth distribution.

    It’s a shame to see the GP moving into the eco-shallows, but I suppose it can only be beneficial since they are not exactly going to lose the support of deep ecologists – who have no other option. Is it inevitable that any party wanting to be included and heeded in debate must gradually move toward a compromised centre ground?

    18th May 2013
  3. Jan Eek said:

    Very good article. I am Norwegian, and we are now just a few weeks away from our parliamentary election. This year we DO have a Green party and we are wreaking havoc on the latest polls. We may push one or two of the existing parties (now in gevernment with the Labour party) out of the parliament.

    Per capita Norway is probably the richest country in the world, BUT greed is unfortunately prevailing. We don’t NEED any more oil or gas, but still, there are plans that is appaling to me. I worked 25 years in the oil business, and if you don’t mind, I will attach here the main reason I left the business…..

    Norway is the leading country when it comes to technology for developing and operating oil and gas fields offshore. No wonder when you take the harsh weather conditions into account and how close we are to the Arctic.

    BUT, we are also one of the biggest producer and exporter of fish. Our ocean is one of the most fertile biotope for fish. Before we found oil, our greatest asset was fish. Fish is still a major part of our export. We sell fish to 153 countries worldwide.

    One of the richest area for the fisheries is the Barents Sea, but it is also the most vulnerable biotope. It is way up North, in the Arctic.

    So, what do we do? We drill for oil and gas in an area with the harshest climate imaginable and with one of the most important source for fishing.

    What is this government thinking ? Statoil, the biggest oil/gas company in Norway, has found several very promising oil/gas fields much further south, so we have more than enough produce. AND, we are probably the richest country in the world. The so called oil fund is approaching 4500 billion NOK, and we are around 5 mill. people in this country. You do the math……………

    So, WHY are we taking the risk of destroying huge parts of the Arctic, including our own fisheries, by developing oil/gas fields in the Barents Sea? ONE large oil spill will be an utter disaster in that area, and because it is so far north, it may take 30, 40 or maybe 60 years to reestablish the biotope to normality. As a fisherman said some years ago: “We can eat fish but not oil”. Simple but true. We must not forget that pumping oil/gas will come to an end one day, but we will always have the fish, and we will be dependent on that simple fact. So, why destroy the most sustainable source of income for our country?

    The responsibility for this destructive policy lies wholly in our government. The government consist of three parties: The biggest, the Social Democrats (Arbeiderpartiet), and two very small parties; the Socialist Party (SV) and Senterpartiet, earlier called The Farmers Party. Both SV and Senterpartiet are very conscious and focused on the environment. It was therefore quite a shock when the minister for Petroleum and Energy, Ola Borten Moe from Senterpartiet (!!) stated that we (Norway), will drill for oil and gas up to the North Pole.

    What one minister say may not be that important. My main concern is the policy of this government. Drilling after oil and gas in the Arctic is utter madness.

    27th August 2013
    • Tom Chance said:


      Thank you for the comment. The UK Government is making similar decisions to exploit fossil fuel reserves, seeking to drill new offshore oil supplies and to try “fracking” for natural gas in some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside.

      We need politicians who can see the interdependence of humans and the rest of the natural world, who recognise that it is our natural wealth such as Norway’s fish that are the basis of our livelihoods.

      1st September 2013

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