Peak Oil

Iceland to Ban Petroleum

By Ryan McGreal
Published January 20, 2006

Iceland has announced it plans to ban petroleum by 2050.

Granted, this Scandinavian country has plenty of advantages: abundant geothermal and hydroelectric energy. At the same time, they have leveraged those advantages to reduce - and if all goes well, ultimately abolish - their dependence on cheap liquid fuel.

This should also be a test case to see if hydrogen-fuelled vehicles are practical. It will be interesting to see how hydrogen makes the transition from large, public transit vehicles to personal vehicles.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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