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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

I'm worried about the UK. They seem to be sliding into another period of insanity, something similar to the pre-Thatcher "English-disease" period when the country flirted with collapse due to political excess. Consider this brief beeb comment.

Sweden says it aims to completely wean itself off oil within 15 years - without building new nuclear plants.
The beeb doesn't like nuclear plants and tries to counter their rising status as people more honestly face the implications of CO2 increases and rising natural gas prices. It's nukes or coal for the UK. . . or continued fantasies about wind farms and biomass etc. that don't pencil out.

So how is Sweden going to do it?

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.
It's one of the few European countries to have reduced its emissions over the past couple of decades, and it did it by building nukes then, and so doesn't have so much need now. Wouldn't it be nice if more industrialized countries had done that in the 70s and 80s?

posted by back40 | 2/08/2006 12:21:00 PM


I'm not sure which image amuses me more, the wood-burning Saab, or the Volvo with a mast and sail.

By Anonymous Michael Anderson, at 2:12 PM  

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