Sweden to become the world’s first nation to end reliance on fossil fuels

First Published on : http://www.thealternative.in/lifestyle/sweden-become-worlds-first-nation-end-reliance-fossil-fuels/

The Scandinavian nation already meets two-thirds of its electricity requirements from non-fossil fuels energy sources, mainly hydroelectric and nuclear.

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City of Stockholm, picture courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

The Swedish government announced that they plan on spending an extra 546 million USD as a part of their climate change action in 2016. It would be too soon to put a ceiling on the time-frame within which this mission will be completed.

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Wind energy in Sweden

What you may not know is that this Scandinavian nation already meets two-thirds of its electricity requirements from non-fossil fuels energy sources which are predominately hydroelectric and nuclear. The focus will now shift to increasing the solar and wind energy potential, and at the same time, making its transport industry more sustainable. In order to suffice the budget increase, heavier taxes will be levied on petrol and diesel.

The budget will also cover the manufacture of smarter grids, electric bus fleets, subsidies for green cars and on renewable energy storage technology. This quantum leap should come as no surprise since Sweden already has quite an impressive track record when it comes to climate change action. Several cities across the globe are already in the process of making this switch and are eliminating fossil fuels with huge success.

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3 thoughts on “Sweden to become the world’s first nation to end reliance on fossil fuels

  1. Oh, damn. I was psyched but the nuclear dependence ruined it. If the planet is more radioactive, what does it matter if the temperature rises and everywhere floods.or blazes? I’m sad. Nuclear energy gets hidden under green agendas but what about it is environmentally sound? Sweden has been disappointing me a lot lately so it’s harder to take. The domestic violence rate is crazy for example. I think this post shows that electricity at the level this huge population demands it is impossible without causing great harm. I grew up without electricity (no solar, no phone, no plumbing) and it’s not hard, all humans did it. I think hospitals (in my perfect world hospitals actually help) and people with medical needs that can only be met with electricity get first dibs on power. Factories, including ones making “into the trash heap” solar stuff, get none. Military none. Schools none. Of course humans cheat and lie so it sadly won’t work as the red tape would become a delayed nightmare. But if people focused on bioregional truly sustainable technology they can make with what is where they are without needed to ship parts or have engineers make them, it’d be my Heaven.

    Peeling away at Sweden to the actual reality is superdepressing. Sorry. This just reminds me nowhere is a good nation.

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