Monday, March 06, 2006

Another moment of Blog Zen

Today in my Globalization class we talked about globalized enviromentalism... things both that make my head hurt and some one championed the cause of Sweden's energy efficency

God bless The Brussels Journal for presenting an alternate view

The process has slowly started, and last year the nuclear power plant of Barseb├Ąck was closed at the cost of 18.5 billion Swedish krona (€1.92 billion) according to parliamentary report. A very high cost in order to not produce energy.

Mona Sahlin, minister for sustainable development, is still keeping the Swedes in the dark about what is to actually replace nuclear energy. The slow pace in abolishing nuclear power is due to the fact that the social democratic government is well aware that oil and nuclear power provide about 80% of Swedish energy. But international press releases cost less.

yes but wait.... there is more.

These policies have already begun to affect ordinary people in Sweden. They have to pay higher energy prices and suffer recurring power shortages. Some municipalities have advised the citizens to stock up on candles and canned foods in winter. The situation for the Swedish consumer is especially tragic since the social democratic government actually introduced some good reforms in the past. Back in 1996 they introduced extensive market reforms in energy production and in the trade for electricity. The government monopolies on different parts of the production and distribution chains were removed or at least decreased. The reforms made it possible for the consumer to freely choose between electricity providers and to personally renegotiate contracts. Today 50% of all consumers have either changed provider or made new deals with their old provider.

So sweden which lacks any hydrocarbon fuels to speak of is going to have to (and soon from the look of this) either import massive amounts of them (which really wouldn't sell to the green camp this policy was ment to appease) become an energy vassal of Norway and FInland (more likely) or lead to economic collapse.

Once again we see the Swedish model isn't worth the hype

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