European Union to ban cars by 2050?

Posted by: Phineas on March 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm

**Posted by Phineas

In order to fight a problem that does not exist, the monster under the bed anthropogenic global warming, the European Union is pushing to ban automobiles by 2050:

The European Commission on Monday unveiled a “single European transport area” aimed at enforcing “a profound shift in transport patterns for passengers” by 2050.

The plan also envisages an end to cheap holiday flights from Britain to southern Europe with a target that over 50 per cent of all journeys above 186 miles should be by rail.

Top of the EU’s list to cut climate change emissions is a target of “zero” for the number of petrol and diesel-driven cars and lorries in the EU’s future cities.

Siim Kallas, the EU transport commission, insisted that Brussels directives and new taxation of fuel would be used to force people out of their cars and onto “alternative” means of transport.

“That means no more conventionally fuelled cars in our city centres,” he said. “Action will follow, legislation, real action to change behaviour.”

Not surprisingly, the Association of British Drivers has had a fit at the idea, calling it “economically disastrous” and “crazy.” While they’re right, that’s never stopped Green Statists in the past. I mean, what could be more desirable to their ethanol-fueled hearts than striking a blow against climate change (ignoring that it’s a natural process they cannot control) and at the same time constraining the individual liberty –in this case, the freedom of movement– of the citizen even more? I’m sure EUrocrats all over the Continent thrilled at the very idea.

And so did the buggy whip industry.

And thus we learn the Green Movement’s motto: Forward, into the past!!

via Pirate’s Cove

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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9 Responses to “European Union to ban cars by 2050?”

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  1. camojack says:

    Maybe motorcycles will still be permitted?

    I’ll probably be dead by 2050 anyway…

  2. Neo says:

    But UK Transport Minister Norman Baker said it should not be “involved” in individual cities’ transport choices.

    “We will not be banning cars from city centres anymore than we will be having rectangular bananas,” he said.

  3. NC COp says:

    I propose banning Europe from Europe.

    I think that would solve all their problems….

  4. Carlos says:

    Look for the exceptions to these new rules.

    You know, without any preconditions, that the effete elite will be exempted from them because what they have to do in their daily lives (i.e. – “live”) is so much more important than what the serfs have to do (i.e. – “serve, worship them and pay”).

  5. bill glass says:

    By then, the Muslims will be the majority and they’ll be using camels…so no problema.

  6. captaingrumpy says:

    I will be dead and Bill will be right.

  7. Carlos says:

    Except that the mullahs and the elitist leaders will still be driving their MBs…

  8. John A says:

    Well, the electric car is well over a hundred years old. Several companies, including Ford, sold them until roughly WWI. And they mostly had about a 90-120 mile range, just like the ones being marketed now – progress!

  9. Kate says:

    And the Amish and Mennonites here in the USA can sell them some really neat buggies…..sounds like a great export market!