From whether to when: How increased Arctic exploration became inevitable

The Arctic region is going to be a crucial component of feeding the ballooning energy needs of a planet even more thirsty for fossil fuels, according to the oil industry. Foto: Jon Ingemundsen

Even before Ola Borten Moe, Norway’s youthful oil and energy minister announced his desire to tap resources all the way to the top of the earth, the inevitability of accelerated Arctic oil and gas exploration was already clear in the demeanour of the speakers and delegates here at ONS.

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