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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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the open road
By Screwballl on 7/12/2007 12:27:55 PM , Rating: 2
With the wide expanses found in the US, I have seen a study that kind of proves a point...
People that live or were raised in populated areas of 10,000 or higher tend to prefer going longer distances via plane or train or alternative methods.
People that live or were raised in much smaller areas tend to prefer the open road and drive almost everywhere including cross country.

I am a small town guy and I have been coast to coast in the US in a car. Never left the country, never been on a moving airplane, never been on a train, only once on a bus for 36 hours (had to go somewhere to pickup up a car and drive it back).

I have no experience in comparing another country's transportation system but i do have to say I love the open road. Doesn't matter if it is in my 3/4 tom suburban with a 454 getting 10 mpg or my old car with a 4cyl getting 40mpg. It is the call of the open road that many of us Americans love. (Now does anyone have an idea on how to convert my 454 to something that would get better mileage without selling it hahaha)

RE: the open road
By Screwballl on 7/12/2007 12:41:18 PM , Rating: 2
quick correction... kind of

The study said something along the lines that the lower the population, the more likely people will be dependent and prefer using their personal vehicle for longer distance transportation, even if other methods are available.

sorry if my post had any confusion...

also a typo... that is supposed to be 3/4 TON not tom

RE: the open road
By jacarte8 on 7/12/2007 3:19:48 PM , Rating: 2
Get on a plane... go out and experience more of the world. America is an awesome, beautiful place and I've enjoyed my travels across this country; however, nothing is as enlightening as visiting other cultures.

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