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Norway's oil and gas giant Equinor is selling the world a dirty lie about clean carbon.

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Historians here talk about an oil-industrial complex being in place, so you have revolving door between the bureacracy, politicians and the oil industry, which means the oil industry often gets to set the frame of discourse, and of course they're interested in portraying themselves as benign and they tell ludicerous stories about how Norwegian gas will save the climate. But money talks, and no one spends more money on commercials than Equinor.

Writer Henrik Mathiesen explains how Norway's state-owned oil and gas company Equinor masks its legacy of global environmental destruction through savvy public relations - dominating the country's discourse around energy and the environment, and ignoring the stark reality of its role producing global warming and the only real green choice we have - to leave fossil fuels in the ground.

Henrik wrote the article Cowboy Nation: Norway's Wild West fantasy for The Dark Mountain Project.

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Henrik Olav Mathiesen

Henrik Olav Mathiesen is a PhD student in history at the University of Oslo.

 

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