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NORWEGIAN POLITICS (BTNN) - BACK ISSUES
2010
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N355 Monday, 1 November 2010
Not All Crooks
  • Centre Party Invoiced Campaign Funds as Project Costs
  • Accused of Falsifying Invoices
  • Releases Letter to Eidsiva Mentioning Campaign Activities
  • Still, Eidsiva CEO Rinnan Claims Ignorance
  • Centre Party: More than Impossible to Believe
  • Enclosure Never Reached Troms Kraft
  • Troms Kraft Ignorant about Other Contributions
  • Many Demands about Criminal Investigations
  • Navarsete: "We Are Not All Crooks"
N354 Monday, 25 October 2010
Who Lies? - II
  • Eidsiva CEO Must Have Known Early about Centre Party Profit
  • No Action from Eidsiva Owners
  • Matter Still Pending in Troms Kraft
  • Good Case for Troms Kraft against Party, Middle Man
  • How Many Participated in the Game of Deception?
N353 Monday, 25 October 2010
Who Lies? - I
  • More Centre Party Illegalities
  • Refuses to Release Central Memo
  • Liberal Leader Suggests Police Investigation
  • Says Confidence in Democratic System Endangered
  • Centre Party Says Donors Accepted Party's Profit
  • Donors Say Party Violated Terms
  • Who Lies?
N352 Friday, 15 October 2010
Operation Survival
  • Ministers Called to Parliament
  • Project Used as Cover for Illegal Funds
  • Donors Accepted Centre Party Governance
  • Then, Centre Party Emptied Project Account
  • Operation Saved Centre Party's Election Campaign
  • Also Helped Save Red-Green Government
  • Project from Beginning Intended as Campaign Financing
N351 Monday, 11 October 2010
Can Heaven Wait?
  • Christians Split over Strategy, Leadership
  • Commission Opens for Governing with Labour
  • Says Labour/Conservatives Are Equivalent Options
  • Will Voters Choose a Wild Card?
  • Power First, Heaven Next?
  • Three Candidates; Three Positions
  • Conservative Wing Wows to Stop Liberals
  • Conservative/Right Alliance Likely to Emerge
  • Good Chance Party Will Go Clearly Non-Socialist
N350 Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Renewable Illegalities
  • Centre Party Struggles with Illegal Contributions
  • Received NOK 909,000 for "Renewables Project"
  • Condition Was "Party Political Neutral"
  • Only NOK 10,000 Met Condition
  • NOK 700,000 from Eidsiva, Troms Kraft Unlawful anyway
  • "Renewables Alliance" Cover Name for Eidsiva
  • Real Identity Concealed for Party's Bodies and Media
  • But Party Leader Navarsete Must Have Known
  • Eidsiva CEO Recruited Troms Kraft
  • Must Have Known About Failing Condition when Troms Paid
N349 Monday, 4 October 2010
Revolt by Media
  • Christian Leader Steps Down
  • Genuine Internal Revolt
  • Media Replaced Party Democracy
  • Battle over New Leadership
  • Party Split along Four Dimensions
  • Disastrous Loss of Voters
  • Very Hard to Regain Voters' Interest
  • Possible Movements "Right" and "Conservative"
N348 Friday, 6 August 2010
Discounting Carbon - I
  • What is the NPV of an Emission Sequence?
  • Discounting Emissions or Damage?
  • Over Which Time Periods?
  • With Which Social Time/Consumption Preferences?
  • What Should Count at Political Target Dates?
  • Should Moral Considerations Be Added, and How?
  • The Inter-Generational Economic Aspect
  • The Fallacies of the Stern Report
  • The Different Physical Discounting Aspect
N347 Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Narrowing Acceptance Window
  • EPA Includes Land Use Change in Biofuel Certification
  • Makes First Attempt at Including Temporal Dimension
  • Based on Science that First Emerged in 2008
  • Even Newer Science Casts Doubts on Energy from Wood
  • No Temporal Adjustment for Wood Energy Yet
  • Science Has Capsized Old Paradigms in Two Years
  • New Science Emerging all the Time
  • Consequences Far from Integrated in Policies
  • May Also Affect other Renewables
  • Current Trends Narrow Acceptance Windows
  • Politicians Must Look for New Options<
  • Investors Must Face Increasing Risk
N346 Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Manomet
  • Massachusetts Study Rejects Bio Energy as Neutral
  • Carbon Debts Accrue for All Investigated Options
  • Pay-Back Times Highly Variable
  • Short Pay-Back Times for Harvesting Wastes
  • Wood for Heating Ambiguous
  • Wood for Power Negative for Long Periods
  • Impossible to Beat Natural Gas
  • Corrected for Different Methods, Comparable to Holtsmark Report
N345 Wednesday, 14 July 2010
No Neutrality in Real World
  • Political Climate Neutrality Definitions Defy Reality
  • Initial Emission Increase Not Contested
  • Recovery Times of Many Decades Not Refuted
  • Some Think It Doesn't Matter
  • Accept Huge Emissions to Get Rid of Fossils
  • Some Doubt Accuracy of Estimates
  • Some Kinds of Bio Energy May Perform Better
N344 Sunday, 11 July 2010
The Holtsmark Paper
  • Statistics Norway Challenges Conventional Thinking
  • Bio Energy Not Climate Neutral
  • Political Neutrality Assumption Not Based in Facts
  • Even "Second Generation" Harmful if Wood Harvested Early
  • Even Best Case Could Increase Emissions throughout Century
N343 Sunday, 11 July 2010
Bio Energy Neutrality Paradigm Falling
  • Forests are Super-Efficient CCS Machines
  • Climate Mitigation Effect Shaded by Political Perceptions
  • Focus on Curbing Emissions only, not Promoting Sinks
  • Fallacy of Making Fossil Avoidance an Objective by Itself
  • Fallacy of Assuming Bio Energy is Climate Neutral
  • Spatial, Temporal, and Replacement Factors Distort Neutrality
  • Non-Neutrality Turns Bio Energy Policies into a Lottery
  • What is the Real Future for Bio Energy?
N342 Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Stingy Revenge
  • Government Takes Revenge on Shipping
  • New Entrance Ticket to New System
  • Wants NOK 4 Bn from Old Income
  • Professor May Be Right that Proposal Isn't Unconstitutional
  • It is Still Stingy and in Contradiction to Political Intentions
  • Particularly Unfit to Current Situation for Petro-Maritime Cluster
N341 Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Political Justice?
  • Narrow Split on Shipping Tax Verdict
  • Theory about Selective Government Appointments
  • Three of Five Recused Judges Close to Government
  • "Schools" or "Groupthink" within Professional Networks?
  • No Correlation with Previous Career or Seniority
  • If there is a Systematic Split, it Goes down the Middle
N340 Monday, 22 February 2010
Obedient Justice
  • Court's Minority Obeys Parliament's Majority
  • Political Arguments in Legal Language
  • Widens Door for Retroactive Legislation
  • Holds Industry's Statements against its Constitutional Rights
  • Demands Prescience Capabilities
  • Uses Circular Argument
  • Warns Market about High Political Risk in Norway
  • Worst Case Value Assessment as Case Law?
  • Collateral Damage Unintended by Politicians
N339 Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Deferred Justice
  • Shipping Companies Win in 6-5 Supreme Court Decision
  • Collecting "Deferred Taxes" Unconstitutional
  • Violates Rule against Retroactive Legislation
  • Important Case Law for Interpretation of Constitution
  • Clarifies Area with Strong Constitutional Protection
  • "Victory for all Tax-Payers"
  • Government Will Consider Options
  • Opposition Says Matter should now be Closed
  • Old Positions Could be Conti
  • Other Option is Collecting NPV Based on Old System
  • Further Moves against Shipping Industry Unlikely
N338 Friday, 5 February 2010
Nemesis
  • Christians Deeply Split over Core Issues
  • Modernization Increases Internal Diversity
  • Split along Right/Left and Green/Growth Axis as well
  • Suffers also under Anti-Green Trend
  • Tensions High Due to Poor Voter Support
  • Could Follow Liberals to Oblivion
  • Høybråten's Peace Offer Today Didn't Help

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