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Three days ago we scoffed at an EU official's suggestion that a speed limit should be applied to the remaining sections of Germany's famous Autobahn that remain free to speed. While reports indicated that speed-loving Germans were up in arms over the idea, a recent poll shows that two in three believe a speed limit should be instituted. Whaa? Conducted by ZDF television, the poll showed that 54% of those surveyed favor an 80 mph speed limit, while 10% would like a limit even lower. There were still around 35% of the respondents, which would thankfully include German Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee if he were polled, who don't want a speed limit at all.

The controversy over speed limits on the Autobahn stems from suggestions that an over excited right foot leads to lots of wasted energy, which obviously ain't too good for the environment. Interestingly, the survey also showed that 56% of those polled think flights should be taxed more because of their negative impact on the environment. Yeah, that's right! Cap our cars, we'll tax your planes!

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      "Polls say..."

      The media's favorite steaming pile of pseudoscience strikes again.
      • 8 Years Ago
      One thing I enjoyed about driving in Europe 20 years ago was the fact that my travel time was cut in half compared to the U.S. The highway systems there are designed for high speeds whereas our Interstate System will put you in the ditch if you try to take a curve faster than 85 mph.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So sick of this cult religion of environmentalism impeding on humans who are not the problem anyway.
      What if humans aren't the problem anyway? The facts of legitimate science seem to point to other things:

      • 8 Years Ago
      This proves that polls usually say what the organizations that commission them want them to say. It's all in the way the question is phrased.

      Polling nonsense aside - how can anyone seriously believe that unlimited speed limits on such a small percentage of European highways can have a significant environmental impact? The only impact they might have is if somebody's car slides off the autobahn at 150 mph and knocks over a tree on the side of the road.

      This just proves the "sky is falling" hysteria surrounding the theory of man-made global warming. Some enterprising soul sold "comet pills" when Halley's comet came around in 1910. How long will it be before someone comes out with "global warming insurance"?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The media's favorite steaming pile of pseudoscience strikes again." I wholeheartedly agree, Bob.

      The poll question was probably something like "Suppose it is a scientifically proven fact that speeds over 80 mph directly contribute to global warming. Would you support a national speed limit of 80 mph? Would you support a lower national speed limit?"

      Just like all the other misleading polls in the news media that seem to conveniently fall right into place with the opinions of the author and/or editor and/or publisher and/or network. Take a look at President Bush' approval polls. http://www.pollingreport.com/BushJob.htm
      How on earth is it possible that some polls have him at a barely negative rating but others have him well over 30% negative within the last 6 months? Polls are bunk.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Here is a link for you guys to enjoy


      I'm sure you'll laugh upon reading this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There is no comprimise between environmentalism and reason. You can't reason with a die-hard environmentalist. They won't comprimise one bit. That is why I gave up on their ideas about 15 years ago. On the subject of speed limits on teh autobahn, that TV poll should ask actual autobahn users whether there should be a speed limit or not. The results would be markedly different. If you oppose the speed limit, barrage the TV stations and the politicians with phone calls and letters. You really need to keep on this. Believe me, if they try and introduce 55 or 65 mph limits here in the United States, this blogger will be out in the streets. Don't let those dirty, smelly earth mother loving greenie weanies dictate their lousy miserable ideas to you.
      • 8 Years Ago
      im sure the survey was completely unreliable...

      im reading stories all over the internet plus asking all my german friends (which are quite a bit more than a handful) and they all hate the idea of speed limits on the autobahn
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sounds like the last great speed refuge is about to come to an end.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think a speed limit would hurt Germany as the autobahn is a large tourist attracting along with the Nurburg Ring. Make the speed limit 80 MPH and there is no difference bewteen that and a Freeway after midnight.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is this a surprise? Most people out there think we're reckless, polluting, dangerous, manic, obsessed, pathological speedfreaks.

      In the local paper, I see all the complaints in the daily traffic column about speeders threatening to kill everybody's first born child by doing 80. Most people out there - and not for environmentalist reasons - want us to slow down. IMO, it's the same movement by the current adult generation (something about baby boomers?) to control every aspect of our lives in the name of safety and morality.

      And it always wins.