Members of the Liberal Democrats political party in the UK (Lib Dems) have put forth a proposal that would see millions of gasoline- and diesel-burning passenger vehicles banned from British roads by 2040. As one pillar of its plan to create a "zero carbon" country, the proposed policy would see only "ultra-low carbon vehicles" – essentially super-efficient hybrids and electric vehicles – allowed for general use on public roads. Gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles would still be permissible for hauling freight, however. For the record, such a proposal is not a brand new idea for the party.

The plans are certainly a long way from law at this point, however. The proposal is set to be voted on by Lib Dems at an upcoming party conference in Glasgow. If adopted, the plan would become part of the party's own policy, but not the law of the land.

Other items up for debate, and pursuant to the zero-carbon goals, include: an air passenger duty with trip-based carbon consumption charges, road-use tolls in congested areas and expansion of nuclear power and shale gas exploration.

According to the report in The Telegraph, Lib Dems are interested in the cost-saving potential of shale exploration, as long as "regulations controlling pollution and protecting local environmental quality are strictly enforced, planning decisions remain with local authorities and local communities are fully consulted over extraction and fully compensated for all damage to the local landscape."


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      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is sorta like seeing that calculators were starting to become developed and saying that you are going to ban the Abacus by 1990.. What a silly gesture. Oil will probably be so expensive by 2030 that nobody will bother with it since EVs/Hydrogen/pony magic would have became the dominant fuel by then
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        ah damnit, replace 'EVs' with 'electricity' and my post will make more sense..
      EVdriver
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's about high time.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Rex Monaco
        • 2 Years Ago
        It's worse than that, the posters have been sent to reeducation camps.
      mikeeeemikek
      • 2 Years Ago
      No problem. The US will be next. Except that means we will have to build another 350 power plants. Switching pollution from one source to another. Another great idea from a Lib
        rlog100
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikeeeemikek
        Because people are going to charge their cars at the peak usage time of day at work instead of overnight when the electric grid is significantly under used?
        brotherkenny4
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikeeeemikek
        In reality, a battery industry that needs to produce enough batteries to supply vehicles will soon find many cost reducing methods and will be incentivised to make technical breakthroughs and thus would soon have batteries that are cost effective for solar and wind storage. That is and always has been the real fear from the industries that hired some of you bloggers. It's a bigger change than just EVs. It won't happen in the next few years, but it is inevitable. Only renwable liquid fuels has a chance to compete.
          Rex Monaco
          • 2 Years Ago
          @brotherkenny4
          I'd post a rebuttal but it'd just get deleted by the thought police.
      nassau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like Obama and the coal and oil and gas industries.
        gpmp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nassau
        Yes, because he's proposing to shut them down.
          Phil
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gpmp
          He's not that blatant. He is simply trying to regulate them out of existence.
        cpmanx
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nassau
        Look deeper. Note that even this far-left UK proposal also involves expanded use of nuclear power and promotes fracking to increase natural gas production.
      kal_elkal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hahahaha, yeah, good luck with that one.
      James
      • 2 Years Ago
      Editors, change the article title. The Liberal Democrats are not directly comparable with the US Democratic party. "Lib Dem" or "Lib Dems" is the appropriate short hand.
      Baskingshark
      • 2 Years Ago
      Scarily, this is not even the stupidest thing the lib dems have ever come up with. Fortunately, they are unelectable fools.
      Judah Richardson
      • 2 Years Ago
      How To Lose Elections 101
      RC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well if we continue in the same path 2040 might look even worse than today so more radical measures to "survive" might be feasible.
      Sean Conrad
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think outright banning is insane. Banning of the production of new vehicles? Sure. Heavy taxes on existing vehicles or the fuel? Maybe. Outright banning is really, really dumb.
      Jaclock LaGlock
      • 2 Years Ago
      Worst. Proposal. Ever.
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