• Aug 30th 2007 at 3:34PM
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In the UK, Lib Dems are calling for a total, outright ban on gas cars by 2040. The UK government is trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 60 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. They think this would be a great way to reach those targets. 10 years without gas cars would probably help... a lot.
"We need to provide certainty to the car industry and every other industry that is involved in this area to make sure that by 2040 we are using alternative non-carbon emitting fuels" says spokesperson environment spokesman Chris Huhne. What's clearer than a ban?

Chris says there is precedence for such a change occurring in that time period. The switch from steam engines to internal combustion engines happened in the same time. Lib Dems have other ideas for dealing with climate change like more taxes.

[Source: BBC News]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Fossil fuels are obsolete? Emerging technologies are a long way from replacing them, the best they can do is supplement. No technology is even close to the cheap convenience of gasoline.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Want to reduce CO2 emissions? Logical place to do that would be at the source of the LARGEST CO2 production in the world, right?

      That would be the coal mine fires in Asia, that have been burning for a couple of decades now, pumping out more CO2 than all of the ICE vehicles in the US and EU combined.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gee, I did not know fossil fuels are obsolete. I must have missed the memo. I just bought $20.00 worth of a fossil fuel 2 days ago, so I guess the station dispensing the fuel must not have gotten the memo either. It is amazing to me how so many people are willing to throw out a perfectly useful source of energy that could stand us in good stead for several hundred more years.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They should also consider banning electricity and running water.

      Seriously? Silly hippies...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Green is the way to go but was this thought at all, you would figure that by 2040 even a gas burning engine "could be 100% emissions free" don't get me wrong fossil fuels are completely obselete but these government types never have any creative thoughts what so ever It's either ban completely or raise taxes, no thoughts at all at how economies could be devastated or lives ruined.
      There should be some more upbeat creative people in government not old stodgy no nothing no it alls
      • 8 Years Ago
      2040? I keep hearing we'll be out of oil within 10 years. Of course, I heard that 10 years ago, and 10 years before that, but 2040?

      Who will be driving on gasoline (sorry, petrol) in 33 years? Ban gasoline engines, ban coal plants, ban air-conditioning, ban everything you can. Global warming is going to cause the ocean to rise 5 inches. That's going to be devastating.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm hoping battery improvements make the idea of a gas powered car a funny joke by 2040.
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