Back in 2006 Sweden became the first advanced western economy in the world to pledge itself to an oil free future.  This impressive goal was made in line with the carbon reduction targets set by the European Union, but it’s not just a pie-in-the-sky hope, it’s an honest-to-goodness, plan-in-hand target which the Swedes are eager to hit.

The plan allows the country until 2020 to meet its ground-breaking goal, and what is perhaps most impressive for some is that it doesn’t call for the construction of additional nuclear plants.  “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.” Said a government official when the plan was first announced.  Mona Sahlin, Sweden’s Minister of Sustainable Development also commented, “Our…

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