Dimas says the unlimited speed zones are a waste of energy and burden the climate. He notes that speed limits are only controversial in Germany.
Most European countries have either a 75 mph or 80 mph limit, others are more strict at 70 mph. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is taking active steps to reduce greenhouse gases by other means, such as energy-saving light bulbs, but does not want to get into a fight with homeland automakers.
The issue is likely to come down to numbers. One study says that limiting speed to 62 mph reduces CO2 emissions by less than 1 percent. But there may be grassroots movement to set limits. One survey says 60 percent would favor autobahn speed limits.
[Source: Geir Moulson / Associated Press via Boston Globe]