Petroleum fairy tale

Interview with Brigt Dale, anthropologist, Svolvær, 2015

The tale about petroleum, the petroleum fairy tale in Norway is that if you choose petroleum you open up future possibilities. So if you choose petroleum, there’s a number of possibilities that open up. And we sort of say the opposite, we say that OK, if we’re all going to a post-petroleum future, if you choose petroleum now you might as well say that you narrow the possibilities of the future. It all depends on how you get through the petroleum era, because once you’re through that era, we’re all going to be in the post-petroleum future.