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SVD Editorial 2021 10 13 (Svenska Dagbladet)
The Green Party tells at least...about...our common road to hell,
It is five years today since Sweden ratified the Paris Agreement.
A broad parliamentary majority adopted time-bound emissions targets and passed the country's first climate law.
Already in autumn 2017, the Green Party presented a so-called climate roadmap.
140 policy proposals on how emissions could be reduced at the rate the Riksdag just
had decided. Big and small, from banning petrol and diesel to making adjustments
in the building regulations.
And on Monday, spokespersons Märta Stenevi and Per Bolund presented the new 58-page roadmap recently adopted by the party board.
That the roadmap ismost likely to lead Sweden to ruin is another matter. But at least the Green Party is telling us what stones they want to use to lay our common road to hell, and when it's time to leave.
Comments on the new 58-page roadmap the party board recently adopted.
1. Develop a national carbon budget for Sweden. The government should appoint
a responsible authority to develop a scientifically based national
carbon budget for Sweden to live up to its part in the
Paris Agreement, taking into account equity aspects and the application of
the precautionary principle.
Zero Emissions 2045 cannot work. It is based on a miscalculation by the IPCC. One
cannot save the Paris Agreement no matter how much the world reduces emissions.
Therefore, SVD is absolutely right about"our common road to hell" if policy is based entirely on NetZero.
When you factor in
the right climate sensitivity, one sees that this policy would have succeeded if it had started in 1850.
The Paris Agreement can only be saved if the world cuts CO2 by 200 Gt/year and
2 Gton Methane/year.
This is equivalent to 25 tonnes of CO2 per person per year in the world and 250 kg of methane.
The cost, based on the government's current figure of 1000 kr/tonne
gives a cost of 2500 $/person and year. Sweden, as a rich country, should take on
perhaps 10 x this figure
If fossil fuel is mixed with 1% atmospheric methane, this fuel becomes
climate neutral. If atmospheric methane is paid for at 30 $/kg, then
$ 0.30 is needed to make one litre of fossil fuel climate neutral.
Each person on earth needs to take care of 250 kg of methane/year for a
sales value of 300 * 250 = 7500 $/year.
If the Glasgow meeting could
•get the countries of the world to guarantee to pay 30 $/kg
•to acknowledge that 1% blending provides climate neutral fossil fuel
then the market forces would get serious about achieving this goal.
That would outclass any ideas about emissions trading by many tens of billions.
Here we are on the right path to solving the entire climate crisis.
2. Introduce a conversion law for all fossil fuel activities to
completely phase out coal, oil and fossil gas. Establish and implement a national
plan for the total phase-out of fossil energy.
By backing CO2 and methane, more benefits can be achieved in a single
year than NetZero policies can do in total by 2050
No law is needed because these harmful activities will eliminate themselves in the long run.
3. Set a target for sharply reduced emissions from consumption. Abolish
all fossil fuel subsidies, procure more sustainable food in public kitchens
and introduce instruments for a circular economy for reduced and more efficient
4. Expand railways across the country, with new main lines for
high-speed trains and refurbish existing railways. The provision of national
and regional public transport throughout the country.
Gas separation is a much higher priority. See
5. Reduce the climate impact of aviation by increasing the aviation tax, stopping
expansion of Arlanda Airport, closing Bromma Airport and the regional
airports where there are good rail connections.
6. Phase out new sales of petrol- and diesel-powered cars by 2025.
Countries that phase out the internal combustion engine first risk being last in the
climate change, see
7. Implement strong energy efficiency measures, including strict
legislation, so-called quota obligations.
When methane from the atmosphere provides a large part of the country's energy supply
obligations only mean unnecessary bureaucracy. The climate benefits of the quota obligation will
will be outweighed a thousandfold by the climate benefits of atmospheric methane.
We are on a profitable path here that solves a large part of the climate crisis and
solves most of the country's energy supply.
8. Expand renewable energy production by, inter alia
stimulating the development of offshore wind power and electricity generation and
heat from solar energy. Increase local commitment to the transition
by bringing back property taxes and allowing local residents to become co-owners
in new electricity generation.
Good ! All these energy sources, solar, wind, water can solve 1% of the climate crisis,
The remaining 99% is solved by taking methane and CO2 directly out of the atmosphere.
Here 200 Gton CO2 and 2 Gton methane /year, starting no later than 2025.
9. Implement nature-based climate solutions in forests, in
landscape and in oceans and lakes to reduce emissions, sequester
carbon and increase biodiversity.
10.Implement a massive education and training effort to
skills supply needs in industry and accelerate a
transformation of the labour market. Promote social sustainability and jobs for
young people. This effort should be designed as a labour market policy measure
in adult education, KY education and upper secondary education and
Good ! It is also very important to educate the Swedish people, politicians and members of parliament.
Our climate calculator is designed for politicians so that they are not completely left out
to the miscalculations of the IPCC and experts.