By most measures, Norway is among the greenest countries on Earth. It gets virtually all of its electricity from hydropower; it plans to cut its greenhouse emissions by 30% by 2020; and it has more electric vehicles per capita than any country in the world. But Norway is also the biggest oil producer in Western Europe and the world’s third-largest exporter of natural gas. All that petroleum money allows Norway to subsidize its green lifestyle; it has also helped create what is now the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, soon projected to top $1 trillion.
And beyond their green hypocrisy, Norway as a microcosm anecdotally reinforces the point that all things social-welfare are inexorably tied to one form of capitalism or another for their life-blood. Presently there isn't much that will change that cold hard fact.