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Scandinavia moves toward a carbon-free future

September 5, 2017

Hidden in the recent news that A.P. Moller-Maersk, Denmark’s last oil company, had agreed to sell its oil and gas division to the French giant Total (for a cool $7.45 billion) were some very promising signs that leadership in the fight against climate change will be coming from our northern European neighbors.

Iceland, for instance, already gets 100 percent of its energy from geothermal and hydropower, and is now looking at ways to export its excess energy elsewhere.

Sweden produced 57 percent of its power from renewables in 2015, and aims to bring that number to 100 percent by 2040. Denmark has pledged to completely wean itself off of fossil fuels by 2050. And Norway is investing heavily in offshore wind, including off the coast of New York.

Meanwhile, self-appointed American conservative commentator Ann Coulter recently tweeted: “I don’t believe Hurricane Harvey is God’s punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than ‘climate change.'”

I am not making that up.

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