The Guardian reports that Sweden aims to the firs oil-free economy. The country’s attempt to become the world’s first practically oil-free economy is guided by a committee of industrialists, academics, farmers, car makers, civil servants and others, reporting to parliament in several months.
“We want to be both mentally and technically prepared for a world without oil. The plan is a response to global climate change, rising petroleum prices and warnings by some experts that the world may soon be running out of oil.”
The aim is to break fossil-fuel dependency over the course of 15 years, reducing emissions and avoiding a recession a a result of rising oil and gas prices, by expanding wind and solar energy and furthering development of biofuels.
Read the full article by John Vidal for The Guardian here.