[NetBehaviour] Fwd: Sweden aims for oil-free economy

Ryan Griffis ryan.griffis at gmail.com
Fri Feb 10 19:55:59 CET 2006


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> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4694152.stm
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> Sweden aims for oil-free economy
> Sweden says it aims to completely wean itself off oil within 15 years 
> - without building new nuclear plants.
>
> The attempt is being planned by a committee of industrialists, 
> academics, car manufacturers, farmers and others.
>
> The country aims to replace all fossil fuels with renewables before 
> climate change damages economies and growing oil scarcity leads to 
> price rises.
>
> According to the Guardian newspaper, a Swedish minister said oil 
> dependency could be broken by 2020.
>
> The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is worried that oil supplies are 
> peaking, shortly to dwindle, and that high oil prices could cause 
> global economic recession.
>
> "Our dependency on oil should be broken by 2020," said Mona Sahlin, 
> Sweden's minister of sustainable development.
>
> "There shall always be better alternatives to oil, which means no 
> house should need oil for heating, and no driver should need to turn 
> solely to gasoline."
>
> The Scandinavian country, which was hard hit by oil price rises in the 
> 1970s, now gets the majority of its electricity from nuclear and 
> hydroelectric power. In 2003, 26% of all energy consumed came from 
> renewables, compared with an EU average of 6%.
>
> The oil committee is to report to parliament in several months. 
> Swedish energy ministry officials said they expected the panel to 
> recommend further development of biofuels derived from its substantial 
> forests.
>
> It was also expected to expand other renewable energies such as wind 
> and wave power.




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