June 30, 2008

Breaking the fossil fuel habit: Denmark takes the lead

The New Yorker has a lovely feature on the Danish island of Samsø, whose residents have embraced renewable energy to the point where they now pump more electricity into the grid than they use from it.

Having risen to the occasion after winning a government challenge for communities to wean themselves off fossil fuels, the locals have installed wind turbines and solar panels, repurposed farm waste and fallen trees to burn for energy, and even built canola oil presses to power their converted cars - although, as the project's main cheerleader points out, "The oil is very good. You can use it in your car, and you can use it on your salad." Now that's idyllic.

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