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Parliament debates a crushing new requirement for European automobiles.

The European Parliament is set to begin debate on a far-reaching proposal to reduce the carbon footprint of European vehicles.  The new plan is both large and far-reaching, but the most shocking part is a requirement to ban within six years all vehicles with a top speed of over 162km/h (101 mph). At a stroke, this would eliminate the manufacture and sale of every sports car in Europe, along with larger, more powerful sedans. The plan also includes a requirement that carmakers spend 20% of all advertising to warn consumers of the CO2 emissions of their products.

The plan's author is Chris Davies, a member of Parliament and spokesman for the EC's committee on the environment and public health. Mr. Davies official position is, "cars designed to go at stupid speeds have to be built to withstand the effects of a crash at those speeds. They are heavier than necessary, less fuel efficient and produce too many emissions."  This of course ignores the fact that the fastest sports cars are designed as light as possible and actually weigh much less than the average family car.

The plan is known as the Carbon Allowance Reduction System, or CARS for short... apparently in the hopes that a catchy, easy-to-remember name will help sell it.

Mr. Davies is also working on a new labeling scheme for Europe, whereby all goods and services purchased in Europe-- everything from an airline ticket to a packet of cornflakes-- will be required to be labeled with an official "carbon statement"-- the result of a complex and expensive accounting of the total emissions generated during manufacture, shipping, and use. He tosses off concerns over the cost of the project as unwarranted piffle.

Europe has long been known as home to some of the planet's fastest sports cars-- as well as its fastest public motorways.  Will one stroke of a pen change all that? Contact your local MEP to find out.

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By Master Kenobi on 7/11/2007 1:46:11 PM , Rating: 4
Sometimes it amazes me just how far out there Europe is getting. Does he seriously think sports cars are heavier and built to withstand impact at those speeds? Most sports cars use lighter materials to help achieve those speeds, they also tend to be death traps if you wreck at those speeds as well.

Now on a side note, Europe is going all out to cut co2 emissions which is amusing since co2 is pretty harmless. My next thought is that this will all work, countries will cut co2 production by an order of magnitude but then data will show that the planet is still warming at the same rate, if not faster, and then everyone will feel like complete morons. Ah I can't wait for that in another 50 years.

RE: Amazing
By Aikouka on 7/11/2007 2:17:53 PM , Rating: 2
That's the first thing I thought of Kenobi.... Some of these high-end sports cars have lightweight metal or carbon fiber bodies that are not designed to withstand crashes at their top-rated speed or heck... even normal driving speeds!

I'm a bit skeptical of people making such audacious bills anymore. Are they doing it for publicity and trying to ride the coattails of the newest global/regional scare (which I'd say is global warming right now)?

RE: Amazing
By Ringold on 7/12/2007 2:55:50 PM , Rating: 2
Lets even forget entirely about warp-speed earth-shattering impacts and fuel economy; my mothers V-8-powered Corvette routinely gets the same mileage as my V-4 Camry. She drives a little softer, but I log more highway miles. I can't see how a sports car under normal driving conditions could be contributing more than any other vehicle..

RE: Amazing
By jacarte8 on 7/12/2007 3:15:01 PM , Rating: 3
I doubt very much your mother has a V-4 Camry

RE: Amazing
By jacarte8 on 7/12/2007 3:22:48 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, I hate trying to make a smart remark and screw it up...

*I'll bet your Camry is an I-4*

RE: Amazing
By Ringold on 7/13/2007 2:26:41 AM , Rating: 2
You're right, she doesn't, I do. She has the 'vette. You and the other poster are right, though; it's an I4. I had to check. Sorry. Camry isn't a vehicle that brings the motorhead out in me.

Used to have a 1982 special edition Corvette myself.. The hybrid dual-carb fuel injection system was a conversation piece, but also a source of expense.. It was too much for high school income at the time. That I could tell you details about, though. Camry? Not so much. Sorry :) I was close, though..

RE: Amazing
By MrTeal on 7/11/2007 10:52:06 PM , Rating: 3
My next thought is that this will all work, countries will cut co2 production by an order of magnitude but then data will show that the planet is still warming at the same rate, if not faster, and then everyone will feel like complete morons.

That's just silly. People won't feel like morons, they'll claim they knew that it was going to be that way, blame someone else for the push to cut CO2 emissions, and wait for someone to tell them what the next scapegoat bandwagon is. It's the circle of life. :P

RE: Amazing
By Hare on 7/12/2007 11:14:18 AM , Rating: 3
Sometimes it amazes me just how far out there Europe is getting.

Why? Because some random moron proposes a stupid idea? As Merry above said: "Europe isnt considering this. The lib dems are considering it as a policy to put forward . It will never get any further than that."

Labeling people is unnecessary. I could think of a few stupid things proposed there at the other side of the pond aswell but I'd like to keep my faith that you guys are ok. I wont resort to labeling the whole continent because of a single nut.

RE: Amazing
By Ringold on 7/12/2007 3:00:26 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure Master Kenobi also had in mind the last several decades worth, at the national levels and at the pan-european EU level, of inane policy that really did get enacted and not just what the Liberal Democrats were pushing currently. It also is slightly indicative of the general EU opinion of things when a major party considers anything; it's not like only Democrat politicians in America are the only ones waiting for the whole Iraq affair to be over with and the 99% of non-politician American's are thinking it's all just going grand. That, and protectionist policy coming out of the party, etc, accurately reflects upon that part of the population.

RE: Amazing
By Master Kenobi on 7/13/2007 10:09:16 AM , Rating: 2
Absolutely. Europe has a very colorful history at the moment, and history does tend to repeat itself.

"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson

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