“This government task is the biggest project in the history of Iceland. Vast areas of untouched nature – the last remaining wildernesses of Europe – was drowned September 2006. It was a sacrifice the government decided to make for the American aluminum smelter company, Alcoa. The project was carried forward by force, not enlightened discussion. Iceland is one of the smallest economies in the world. But the government is planning to make it one of the biggest aluminum producers in the world. The Icelandic government has defined the country as a heavy industry zone, a neo-colony for huge aluminum smelters. This will not only cause environmental but economical devastation as well.”
[Ósk Vilhjálmsdóttir 2006]

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