[NetBehaviour] Fwd: Sweden aims for oil-free economy
ryan.griffis at gmail.com
Fri Feb 10 19:55:59 CET 2006
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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
> It was also expected to expand other renewable energies such as wind
> and wave power.
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