Kalmar, Sweden Trades Oil & Gas for Renewable Energy

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Although the shift to green is proving to be a slow process in North America and its communities, one city in Sweden is taking the initiative to quit oil and gas cold turkey, and it’s been having positive economic benefits as well.kalmar sweden green renewable energyAlthough the shift to green is proving to be a slow process in North America and its communities, one city in Sweden is taking the initiative to quit oil and gas cold turkey, and it’s been having positive economic benefits as well. Kalmar, Sweden is home to 60,000 people, plus 12 neighbouring towns containing a quarter million people, which adds up to a whole lot of people who are no longer dependent on burning fossil fuels for energy. Instead, the “district heat” is created by burning sawdust and waste wood from timber companies. The rest of the energy is produced by hydropower, nuclear power, and wind power. As if that weren’t enough, the publicly owned buses and cars in Kalmar have been adapted to run on biogas from chicken manure and waste wood. Although it may be easier for a small European city to accomplish this great feat, why has it not yet been attempted by any US cities?