Guest essay by Eric Worrall
A draft resolution prepared by the Progressive Party of Iceland, chaired by the Prime Minister, declares their support for global warming, and the exciting opportunities it brings.
According to Iceland Review
In a draft resolution to be presented at this weekend’s bi-annual congress of the Progressive Party, which is chaired by Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, global warming is described as bringing “exciting” opportunities.
“With a warming climate, new and exciting opportunities are created: increased grain production, tree farming and more diverse domestic food production, which is part of enforcing Icelandic agriculture,” the draft resolution reads.
The resolution on global warming (written in Icelandic, translated by Google Translate):
32 With the warming climate creates new and exciting opportunities. Increased field of varieties in commercial forestry and
33 diverse domestic food production is part of the strengthening Icelandic agriculture. Watch
34 will be garðyrkjunnar that of the “green heavy” and make Iceland largely self-sufficient
35 vegetables. High cost of electricity has unfortunately been the industry for cleaning and needs
36 review, whether the object of the electricity itself, or its removal. There must be a requirement
37 quality will always be guided by production
Interestingly the draft resolution also celebrates opportunities in both renewables, and in oil production. However the reference to renewables may refer to geothermal power – Iceland is one of the most volcanically active landmasses on Earth, so geothermal energy sources in Iceland are unusually accessible.
It remains to be seen whether the resolution will be adopted as part of the ruling party’s manifesto, but Iceland has a proud and ancient tradition of personal freedom, and of thumbing their nose at orthodoxy. The Althing, the Icelandic Parliament, founded in AD 930, is the oldest functioning parliament in the world. They are unlikely to be intimidated by their über green neighbours in the European Union.