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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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Moronic thoughts = european ideas
By GlassHouse69 on 7/11/2007 11:49:35 PM , Rating: -1
What amazes me is how a person like this has not been put down like a diseased pig yet.

Are europeans that stupid as to enjoy a life dictated by fairy mofo's with "environment" as their goal? Europe makes a massive amount of cash selling luxary cars. BMW and mercedes are huge in all of europe. Driving is much more of a pastime in europe than it is in the USA. THese types of articles showing euro-trash moronic opinion are just plain annoying.

By probedb on 7/12/2007 10:34:10 AM , Rating: 4
I love how some of you people seem to think one nutty politician is what the population of rather a large number of countries think.

Because basically your title is stating all my ideas are moronic because I'm European....frickin weirdo.

By jacarte8 on 7/12/2007 3:16:34 PM , Rating: 4
That's like saying stupid bible thumpers = Americans

Yes it's true for a certain percentage of the population but not an appropriate title to a post

RE: Moronic thoughts = european ideas
By DARGH on 7/16/2007 9:05:31 PM , Rating: 2
Everything that is popular is not necessarily good.
Everything that is good is not necessarily popular.
A different view point does not indicate stupidity.
The lack of ability to make a counter agreement to a view point beyond 'uh - that is stupid', would more so reflect lack of intelligence.

Btw. tell me - why do i have to drive faster than 100mph?
SUV's are super popular in the US, and their top speed are not a physical limitation of the engine power.
They still sell nevertheless....

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