Vigdis said this in parliament last Monday about building a subsea cable that would transfer electricity between Iceland and Britain. Ideas about building such a cable have been going around for a long time, but now it is believed to be technically possible.
Vigdis said that the energy in Europe is dirty. She asked if Icelanders are ready to mix their own energy, which she said to be the cleanest energy in the world, with energy from EU member countries, that is created with coals and nuclear power.
"We plan to build up a green heavy industry, and there are ideas going around regarding growing tomatoes or flowers for export. There are also ideas about selling the energy at a higher price than what is common in many EU member countries that we are comparing to, and that is great because the energy here is the cleanest energy in the world." said Vigdis.
And she continued: "I ask, if the subsea cable will be placed in the sea and we are transferring electricity back and forth, because this is not a one way road, are we then ready to mix our clean energy together with energy from EU member countries, which is created with coals and nuclear power? I say no thank you. By entering this project we are devaluing our own energy and contaminating it with the dirty energy over there. I reject that, honorable president, and I believe that it is better for us to sell the energy domestically for production."
Below is the speech, in Icelandic:
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