Brit’s Liberal Dems Want to Ban Cars Fueled By Gasoline

Britain’s Liberal Democrat Party unveiled a detailed plan to tackle climate change which includes a ban on fossil fuel powered cars by 2040. The Guardian reports:

The Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell, and the party’s environment spokesman, Chris Huhne, unveiled the proposal today as part of a package of measures designed to make Britain carbon-neutral by 2050.

Mr Huhne said he foresaw cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells, improved battery technology or other new technology yet to be developed.

He compared the change to the shift from the steam engine to the internal combustion engine, or from the gaslight to electric light, at the start of the 20th century.

"We need – by 2040 – to have a non-carbon emitting type of propulsion in our vehicles," he said. "It will be clearly no petrol cars by 2040."

The 10-point plan on climate change also included a commitment to 100% carbon-free non-nuclear generation by 2050 and the introduction of "polluter pays" green taxes.

Sir Menzies said: "Pollution doesn’t respect national boundaries. Climate change is a global problem that requires an international solution.

Other Lib Dem proposals include major improvements to the rail network and the construction of a high-speed rail line, funded by tolling lorries on motorways.

  • g

    kind of meaningless if they wait to 2040. should be doing it now.

  • This seemed cool till I began thinking about it. He still can’t envision a future without cars. Still, this might have some value as a taboo breaker.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

STREETSBLOG USA

U.S. Transportation Now Belches Out More Carbon Than U.S. Electricity

|
For the first time in almost four decades, the nation’s tailpipes now spew out more carbon emissions than the nation’s smokestacks. It’s an indication of how slowly the American transportation sector is rising to the challenge of preventing catastrophic climate change. Over the past 12 months, carbon emissions from cars and trucks have exceeded carbon emissions from electric power — the first time that’s happened […]
STREETSBLOG USA

How Much Can Bicycling Help Fight Climate Change? A Lot, If Cities Try

|
A new study from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy attempts to measure the potential of bikes and e-bikes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ITDP’s conclusion, in short: Bicycling could help cut carbon emissions from urban transportation 11 percent. The authors calculated the carbon emissions reduction that could result if cities around the world make a strong, sustained […]

The Climate Pitfalls of Denmark’s Electric Car Parking Perk

|
Outside of China, only two cities of more than a million people are known to have a bicycling mode-share over 30 percent: Amsterdam and Copenhagen. As Rutgers urban expert John Pucher has documented, cycling’s vibrantly high percentage of urban trips throughout Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany was not the product of amorphous cultural factors. Rather, […]