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3.9 Sweden needs crisis-time supplies of energy

Sweden needs crisis-time supplies of energy
This illustration shows the vulnerable condition of Sweden's present electricity production in the event of war:
  • During the optimistic years of the 50's and 60's, unlimited growth of our electricity needs was projected. Curve 1
  • As a result of the first energy crisis, and the warnings of the environmental movement, large scale and centralized electricity production leveled out. Curve 2
  • Still showing a higher level than would be required in a future self-sufficient society: Curve 3.
A few well-planned sabotages could therefore today quickly knock out all of society's critically important services, especially during the cold of winter.

The solution would be for each community to build up a complementary, small-scale emergency source of electricity and heat, which would be based upon locally available fuel such as wood, peat, etc. Curve 4

(Since these type of fuels have low energy output, they would only suffice for emergency supplies. They could never replace more than 20%-30% of the present, peace-time energy sources, which are based upon energy-dense fuels such as uranium, oil, coal, gas and hydroelectric power.)

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