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  •  Iceland is very, very close to... (4+ / 0-)

    ...carbon free and energy self-sufficient. I'm not sure they could have stiff-armed the European version of the Very Serious People if they weren't.

    Note that is not minimizing the fortitude and resolve of Icelanders.

    I envy their foresight.

    Energy is real operational, functional, useable currency: not the flights of fancy captured on International Financiers' spreadsheets that pretend to be wealth.

    The so-called "rising tide" is lifting only yachts.

    by Egalitare on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 05:15:59 AM PDT

    •  Not true. (2+ / 0-)
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      Zack from the SFV, leema

      Iceland has higher per-capita carbon emissions than the European average.  Their electricity is nearly carbon free, as is their hot water.  But they drive longer distances than most Europeans, on less efficient vehicles (lots of SUVs and the like to be able to handle the highlands and the gravel roads better), and three of their four main economic activities (tourism, aluminum, and fishing, vs. banking) are high carbon.

      Not that Iceland isn't working to resolve this -- they are, actively.  And really, the "economic activity carbon" should really be thought of as "other people's carbon", not Iceland's, since Iceland isn't the one consuming all that fish, aluminum, or doing said travel.  They travel themselves and import plenty of products, but Iceland's domestic industries are particularly carbon-intensive.

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