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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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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..

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