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Both climate leader and oil giant? A Norwegian paradox

Norway's big electric push on cars does not mean the nation is abandoning fossil fuels

Somini Sengupta | NYT 

On an unseasonably warm day in May, Norway’s climate minister, Vidar Helgesen, strolled through a vast parking lot for electric cars, counting Teslas. “Two, three, four, five,” the minister marvelled. And that was just one aisle. There are big perks to buying a Tesla — or any electric car — in Norway. The government waives the high taxes it imposes on sales of other cars. It lets electric cars cruise up bus lanes. Toll roads are free. Parking lots like this one offer a free charge, and new charging stations are being built on the ...

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 02:30 IST