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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: What if they said no?
By masher2 (blog) on 7/11/2007 9:18:57 PM , Rating: 3
> "In Sweden that is the least populated part of Europe per km2 we have the best public transportation system"

Sweden may have a low overall population density, but it's population is highly clustered. More than 80% of the nation lives in an urban area, one of the highest percentages in the world, in fact. That makes it easy for public transportation to work.

RE: What if they said no?
By Sulphademus on 7/12/2007 10:07:53 AM , Rating: 3
We have the density in certain areas. Most specifically, the northeast (DC to Boston) would be the best area for this, and there all ready is a lot of Amtrak lines in this area. The problem with the European system is that its too slow for our tastes* and is pretty pricy.

*We would rather fly from Baltimore to NYC (a college buddy of mine did this) than take a train. The flight is 45 minutes. A train ride is ~3.5 hours. Of course the flight time doesnt account for 2 hours you need to spend at the airport itself...

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