On December 12th last year I had a letter to the editor published in the Norwegian daily Aftenposten, Norway's biggest daily newspaper, titled "I oljetåken" [in the oil mist]. The letter to the editor was written in response to a letter to the editor published December 10th, written by two conservative MPs and entitled «Uten petroleumsforskning stopper Norge» [Without petroleum research, Norway stops]. Their letter was in turn written in reply to my December 2nd chronicle in the same newspaper, "Hva slags forskning er etisk forsvarlig?" [What kind(s) of research is ethically justifiable?].