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You know one of the reasons that gas consumption is up in  the EU is because (with the exception of France) many of the new electric plants are gas fired, replacing older coal or oil fired plants.  

Depending on the fraction of electric output that comes from gas, one plausible option might be total replacement by renewables like wind and solar.  And creating grid connections to link up Norwegian hydro to the the UK and Eastern Europe. And as solar becomes more feasible to North Africa.

In the long term, replacing gas heating with electric forced air would allow the EU to eliminate the need for Russian natural gas imports.  And Russian threats on oil would have no weight, because there's not the same infrastructure bottlenecks that limit suppliers with natural gas.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Fri Aug 15th, 2008 at 04:00:05 AM EST
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