Progressive Party Excited About Climate Change, Oil Exploration - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Progressive Party Excited About Climate Change, Oil Exploration

Published April 10, 2015

Nanna Árnadóttir
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At their recent national convention, the Progressive Party agreed to make climate change, oil exploration and immigration part of their new platform, reports Vísir.

“With the advancement of climate change exciting new opportunities are being created,” reads the Progressive Party’s new resolution platform.

The Progressives, who currently lead Iceland’s ruling coalition with Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson at the helm, decided to focus efforts on developing agriculture as they predict global warming will make it possible for Iceland to sustain itself through domestic food production.

The party also wants to focus on oil exploration, believing that Icelanders could greatly benefit from taking advantage of its “natural marine resources,” though only if great care was taken to protect the environment at the same time.

Immigration was a hot topic as well, the Progressive Party emphasised a need to up integration efforts among immigrants by providing easier access to high quality language courses and more support for women of foreign origin who have become victims of domestic violence.

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