This is huge, big, enormous, wonderful news to me--look world--look at Sweden!! If they can do it, we can do it too! Really! Thanks Loreth for the link
Sweden plans to be world's first oil-free economy
· 15-year limit set for switch to renewable energy
· Biofuels favoured over further nuclear power
John Vidal, environment editor
Wednesday February 8, 2006
Evergreen... Sweden will develop biofuels from its forests. Photograph: Mattias Klum/Getty Images
Sweden is to take the biggest energy step of any advanced western economy by trying to wean itself off oil completely within 15 years - without building a new generation of nuclear power stations.
The attempt by the country of 9 million people to become the world's first practically oil-free economy is being planned by a committee of industrialists, academics, farmers, car makers, civil servants and others, who will report to parliament in several months.
It gave me a much needed boost after reading this article on the BBC.
By Paul Rincon
BBC News science reporter, St Louis
It was thought the entire Greenland ice sheet could melt in about 1,000 years, but the latest evidence suggests that could happen much sooner.
It implies that sea levels will rise a great deal faster as well.
The comprehensive analysis found that the amount of ice dumped into the Atlantic Ocean has doubled in the last five years.
If the Greenland ice sheet melted completely, it would raise global sea levels by about 7m.
7 m???? OMG. Goodbye New Orleans, for sure this time!!! As if that city hasn't suffered enough. Goodbye every city along the seaboards in every country of the world.
I get so depressed by it. The curse of an overactive imagination. I see variations in my head of my parents and family being alternatively frozen to death (if the gulf stream stops/slows/changes direction), flooded out, by rising sea levels, or starved out. I feel so strongly about it because it is personal to me, if not my parents, then my children, if not my children, then my grandchildren.
And now in the depths of winter I am burning wood to survive, I am driving my car because I risk frostbite if I'm out for more than 5 minutes.
So I'm burdened with guilt AND an overactive imagination. Sometimes I think it would be a lot easier to be dumb.