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Issues of the Day Nordic Countries Show that Alternative Sources Can Replace Fossil-Fuels While Sustaining Strong Economies

An article on and posted on an online forum for professionals engaged in sustainable development described the possibilities for replacing environmentally destructive fossil fuels with alternative sources when accompanied by political resolve on the part of national leaders. This is being done without harming long-term economic welfare for short-term gain.


At the UN the prime minister of Sweden vowed that his nation would be among the first fossil fuel-free country in the world. This follows reports (The Guardian) that Denmark produced over one hundred percent of its power on several days this summer from wind resources. Similarly heartening news comes from other Nordic countries.


Such policies should become paradigmatic and be adopted, with adaptation for the particular environmental resources of each country, by international mandate. Appropriate targets should be enacted requiring countries to transition to whatever non-fossil fuels they can efficiently tap (solar, tidal, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind or a combination) so that carbon-burning fuels become viewed as hazardous materials at the earliest possible date.

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