The Prime Minister of New Zealand has just announced that the country is committed to being 90% powered by renewable energy in less than 20 years. Now, this might sound outlandish, but we should note that they're already 70% powered by renewables.
The majority of their power comes from hydroelectric dams, which we're no huge fan of, as they destroy a great deal of habitat, but New Zealand's secondary source of power is also carbon-neutral and (for all intents and purposes) renewable: geothermal.
The Prime Minister also reports that she hopes New Zealand will someday be completely carbon-neutral, and set forth some plans to control carbon emissions from cars. No word yet on exactly what form the new renewables will take, but we can only hope for a combination of geothermal, wind and solar, all of which New Zealand has in abundance.
written by weee recycling, September 29, 2007
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