Per capita electricity consumption in Norway has fallen in recent years. Officially-sponsored research has revealed the surprising reason behind this encouraging trend: mass immigration from the Third World.
Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer has translated an article about this phenomenal discovery. The translator includes this note:
This article is another stunning example of the brilliant research methods favoured by the Norwegian Left. In this story we’re told that non-Western immigration has resulted in a drastic reduction in electricity consumption in Norway.
Perhaps the dark bodies of the immigrants retain the heat more effectively than that of their pale-skinned hosts in the winter months. Or maybe it’s simply that they haven’t figured out how to turn on the heaters…?
Isn’t it exciting to see the multicults two favourite issues fused into one ‘happy feel-good’ news item?
Not only is asylum immigration culturally and financially enriching for Norway, but it’s also very beneficial for the environment. Wahoo! Can’t get much better than that!
Maybe I’m just a cynical old sod, but surely the fact that the Norwegian national power company was privatised in the early 1990s — which caused electricity prices to skyrocket overnight — has something to do with this reduction in power consumption?
The translated article from NRK:
Immigration has led to a reduction in electricity consumption
Electricity consumption in Norway is on its way down, and we can thank our new compatriots for this as they use minimal electricity.
The food is like in most Norwegian homes, but the living area is smaller and there are fewer lights in the home of the family of five from Eritrea.
“We turn off everything we don’t need. We don’t use much electricity,” says Milki Tecla.
And he is not alone in doing so. The number of non-western immigrants has quadrupled in Norway since 1990, and during the same period the electricity consumption of Norwegian households has levelled out.
NVE discovered that while electricity usage has increased at a steady pace, by 55 percent between 1970 and 1990, the usage from 1990 onwards has only increased by a meagre three percent.
They gave Vestlandsforsking [West Coast Research] the assignment of finding the cause behind this new trend.
Increase in living area per person has halted
The report from Vestlandsforsking establishes a clear connection.
“The most important factor is that the increase in living area per person has halted. And the most important reason for this is the growth in the number of non-Western immigrants, who on average use 40% less living area than the rest of the population,” says Carlo Aall, the head of research at Vestlandsforsking.
Had the graph continue to rise as it did until 1990, we would have seen a 55 percent increase in electricity consumption compared to today’s level.
“But there has been a significant reduction, approximately 60 Alta power plants [The Alta Plant is a hydro electric power plant in northern Norway],” Aall says.
The main contributing factor is immigration
There is no question that a milder climate and energy-reducing measures such as additional insulation and heat pumps contribute to the overall drop. But the most significant factor for this overall reduction is immigration.
The family from Eritrea agrees. They only use electricity when it is necessary.
“When you have less space, you use less power,” says Embaynesh Mengistu.
“I have been in many Norwegian homes and I think they use too much electricity,” Milki Tecla says.
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