Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg has reaffirmed her commitment to continuing oil and gas exploration in the country in the run-up to September parliamentary elections that could keep her in office for a third term.

The future of the oil and gas industry has been a recurring issue in Norway’s national elections, but debates have become more heated with growing climate awareness and heightened focus on carbon emissions reduction.

While the Green party has said it will not support any coalition that allows new hydrocarbon development, Norway’s four major parties — Conservative, Centre, Labour and Progress — generally support the industry and polls suggest a solid majority of the public support continued exploration and production.