Not only are the French smarter, so are the Norwegians
Author: Katlyn Cotton
Feb 09, 2009
Earlier this week I wrote about the incorporation of $132 million a year for the next four years for the restoration of historic buildings in France. That was a specific part of President Sarkozy’s economic stimulus plan for France. Like the US, France is suffering its most severe recession since the end of World War II.
But unlike the United States where the only criteria to make the bill seems to be having a friend on the House Appropriations Committee, in Norway they actually had a set of principles upon which their decisions were based. And here they are:
- The measures must have a speedy effect on the labor market
- The measures must have specific target objectives
- The measures must be limited in time
- The measures shall strengthen the Government in its policies for the environment and income distribution.
I happen to think this is an excellent set of principles. But others could have a different list. The trouble in the US is that there is no set of principles upon which we are encumbering 3 generations to repay.
And how did Norway commit their stimulus money to be consistent with these principles?
- Measures for increased energy efficiency $183,529,000
- Repair and development of railway system $198,976,000
- CO2 cleaning $147,129,000
- Footpaths/sidewalks and bicycle roads $ 76,471,000
- Nature management and Cultural Heritage $ 52,000,000
- Environment research on sea wind turbines $ 11,471,000
- Charging stations for electric cars $ 7,647,000
- Bio Energy $ 7,647,000
The Cultural Heritage portion of that was around $34,000,000 and was divided as follows:
- Rehabilitation and maintenance of privately owned, protected property $11.6 Million
- Technical and industrial heritage, vessels and centers $6.9 Million
- Rock art, archeology, and universal access $3.8 Million
- Fire safety for historic wood buildings, medieval and important churches $11.8 Million