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Change in Norway

An environmental issue toppled Norway's government earlier this month, also threatening proposals to sell part of state-owned Statoil.The government of Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik resigned after Parliament voted 81-71 to revamp a pollution law and allow construction of Norway's first two natural gas-fired power plants (OGJ, Mar. 20, 2000, Newsletter).Bondevik's three-party, minority government had held just 42 of Parliament's 165 seats since coming to power in October 1997.Norway generates nearly all of its electricity with hydropower. Bondevik argued the gas-fired plants would require the government to relax limits on greenhouse gas emissions.Supporters of the new...

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