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Persson Aims to Phase Out Oil Dependency

Published torsdag 3 november 2005 kl 12.15

Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson will head a new commission aiming to phase out this country’s dependency on oil by 2020.

Persson outlined a plan in September for how the country should end its dependency on fossil fuels in 15 years as a response to global warming.

He said the government will increase spending on research devoted to alternative energy sources, introduce new tax schemes to encourage the use of cars that run on alternative fuels and start subsidizing exports of environmental technology.

Persson, who was unanimously re-elected as chairman of the party on Monday, said in a speech that the most important thing is to get rid of oil dependency when it comes to heating and fuel.

He added that ”The real challenge will be to substitute gasoline and diesel oil in the transport sector.”

The commission should begin its work in a few weeks.

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