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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 Merry on 7/12/2007 10:00:37 AM , Rating: 2
Would never happen.

The politician in question happens to be the representative for Europe from the area where I live. Being a member of the Lib Dems I got given a questionaire to fill in regarding this policy. I basically disagreed with all of his proposals as they are counter productive and a waste of time, however it would appear that the rest of the membership didnt, provided he actually listened to the results, which I very much doubt as I only got the questionaire a week ago. There simply isnt enough time to get all of the results together.

Suffice to say I am no longer a member of the party. They have gone too far on a frankly bonkers policy.

Also, to masher, your headline for this post is, well wrong. Europe isnt considering this. The lib dems are considering it as a policy to put forward. It will never get any further than that.


RE: What if they said no?
By masher2 (blog) on 7/12/2007 11:12:33 AM , Rating: 2
> "Also, to masher, your headline for this post is, well wrong. Europe isnt considering this. The lib dems are considering it as a policy to put forward"

Its a proposal endorsed by committee, and being debated before Parliament, the highest legislative body within the EU. That certainly qualifies as 'Europe considering this'...if it goes further, it becomes law, regardless of whether or not the average EU citizen considers it or not.

Will it pass without changes? Most likely not, but the mere fact it got this far is highly illustrative.


RE: What if they said no?
By Merry on 7/14/2007 6:08:59 PM , Rating: 2
Parliament, the highest legislative body within the EU

Wrong. The Eu parliament holds little power.

Its a proposal endorsed by committee

I wonder who is on the said committee?

if it goes further, it becomes law, regardless of whether or not the average EU citizen considers it or not.


Wrong again. The respective EU members have to implement said law in their own legislatures. This is why the Uk only got a human rights bill very recently despite it being EU law.

Will it pass without changes? Most likely not, but the mere fact it got this far is highly illustrative.


Correct it wont pass. At all. Illustrative of what exactly? A party that has lost its 'green' standing as the Tories have taken that ground? I dont think you understand how this policy has come about.

Also many of you misunderstand me. The questionnaires only got sent out to those who are a member of the lib dems. NOT the wider electorate.

Masher your headline should be 'Lib Dems consider banning sports cars' NOt Europe.


RE: What if they said no?
By Ringold on 7/12/2007 2:41:43 PM , Rating: 2
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provided he actually listened to the results, which I very much doubt


They're learning from American politicians quickly. Perhaps it's the other way around, though.

That ought not to surprise you though, given Ireland will be the only one with a popular vote for the new constitution -- which every citizen should have the right to vote on, as it transfers some sovereign powers from the national capitols to Brussels. They fear the popular vote, however. If they don't give a damn what all of Europe thinks on matters of it's own constitution it doesn't surprise me at all that they'd send you a worthless questionaire.

Maybe American politicians should do that, though. Send questionaires; actually make us feel involved or important, even if we arent.


RE: What if they said no?
By fic2 on 7/12/2007 6:20:38 PM , Rating: 4
I get questionaires all the time from American politicians. They usually start out:

I would like to donate: []$5000 []$1000 []$100 []other to express my opinion on matter XYZ.


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