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Skúlason 16 (1:17)
Topic(s): Biofuels / Foreign Oil / Iceland / Renewable
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Well, being sustainable, Iceland was fully
sustainable 1000 years ago. Then we only had renewable energies—we used peat,
which is the only fossil resource we had, we used wood which, in a sense, it is
not renewable, but that was used for heating and construction and etc., we used
wind to sail, we used horses for transport. In a sense, there was no emission
of green house gases from except maybe from burning of wood and if that was
replenished, it was a renewable sense in that sense. We're going back a
thousand years; we're going back to the Viking times again to try to
create a renewable island. I don't know of any renewable island—in a
sense, there might be some very, very tiny island somewhere in the Caribbean or
Middle East where only a few inhabitants are, but I don't know of any
society working like that.
And a lot of island societies have approached us
where you have developing nations spending maybe 75 to 90 percent of their
whole export income to buy fossil fuels. That's- there's no way you
can turn from being a developing nation to a developed nation if you spend 90
percent of your income to buy oil. And they're looking at us if Iceland
can create a hydrogen society like that, maybe we can do also and become a
renewable island just as Iceland.