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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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I propose a ban on...
By kattanna on 7/11/2007 3:08:33 PM , Rating: 5
showboat legislation.

thats all this is. nothing more. the author knows im sure that this has about as much hope of passing as george bush becoming the most beloved president of all time.

but in seriousness, with the current EU leader being a german...i cant see him throwing his support behind such a silly measure.

this guy is doing this to further his own career as then when his term there is done he can parade to others all the "hard" work he has done to help further the enviroment.

its a political career move..nothing more..nothing less

RE: I propose a ban on...
By Dianoda on 7/11/2007 7:41:45 PM , Rating: 2
Methinks that maybe the title of this blog post would better reflect it's contents by placing "Nutjob politician(s) in" before Europe.

RE: I propose a ban on...
By PaxtonFettel on 7/11/2007 8:16:46 PM , Rating: 2
Completely agree. I've already picked it apart up there, but it bears saying again what a ludicrous notion this is. I'm surprised anyone is even thinking about this seriously.

RE: I propose a ban on...
By Ringold on 7/12/2007 2:52:17 PM , Rating: 2
thats all this is. nothing more. the author knows im sure that this has about as much hope of passing as george bush becoming the most beloved president of all time.

I was hoping to see another GW article from masher this week; I've picked up on a whole slew of interesting tidbits over the past couple weeks. I saw this after I was done playing with my stocks though this afternoon at another news site and knew immediately there'd be a post at DailyTech about it. I suppose GW and car bans are indeed roughly related themes, though.

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