Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Seriously misleading article. First of all, the UK did not sign up to this agreement. Secondly, all petrol and diesel cars will be removed not ALL cars full stop.
"If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in quite a different world" - Christopher Hitchens
> Good to be back, but I'm only visiting for a few weeks. <
It is ironic that Ford, GM and other car manufactures are up in arms over getting 32 miles a gallon in the US, and yet it is no problem for their European subsidaries to get 60+ miles a gallon already...... and that is because the EU has a mandatory minimum mileage which gets increased every 10 years or so. Even my 10 year old VW and SEAT beats the pants of most modern 2009+ US models in mileage.
If cars that get 70mpg were that ****ing good, you wouldn't NEED the gov't to mandate them! The free market would! The price of gas goes up, the demand for more fuel efficient cars does as well.
Where in that simple equation is the word "government?"
The free market does not lean towards "good." It leans towards "profitable." When it comes to environmental goals, the free market is often in direct opposition to those goals. Why? Because dirty is always cheaper. It's cheaper for Giant Chemical, Inc to just dump all of their waste in the nearest river. Meanwhile, Friendly Family Chemical, Inc, decides to properly store and dispose of that waste. Their costs are higher, they get undercut by Giant Chemical, and go out of business. Hooray, General Electric gets a cheaper supply of hydropetromonoxicilchemicalsoundingname. Hope you like children with fins.
You're a libertarian. Love freedom and all. Do I have the freedom to pollute your land? Your air?
Clean is more expensive. Therefore the free market will lean away from them. Ok, so eventually gas prices will rise to the point where an electric car is cheaper. How long will that take? How much damage will be caused in the meantime? If the price at the gas pump actually reflected the cost of the damage being done to future generations, it would already be too expensive. Instead, we're shoveling that cost onto our grandchildren. Your gasoline is artificially cheap because you're skipping out on the actual bill.
One of you will end up here next!
Do you think the wonderful electric cars will haul furniture and groceries into the middle of these enlightened EU cities ??
Actually, I would predict that the EU would be extinct well before gas vehicles.
And that is how it has gone in the US. Cars have become bigger and bigger, with more cup holders and food placement areas, and bigger seats for bigger asses, but the mileage and performance has gone no where for 40 years. In fact the official average mileage per gallon has gone from 20 to 22 in 21 years.. WOW that is the free market for ya!
If we had let it up to the "market" after the 1970s oil crisis, then we would be in the same boat as the US today on mileage. But no our politicians were wise to force through minimum standards and today Europeans benefit hugely from this.
For example.. right now the gas price here is 1.30ish euro per litre.. that is abit under 5 dollars a US gallon. Now my 10 year old VW goes about 18 km on the litre, which is 68.4 km on a gallon, which is about 42 miles per gallon.. on a 10 year old car. Now according to your own government, the average US passenger car gets 22.6 miles per gallon. So that means that the average US car has use 2 gallons when I use one.. which means with the average US fuel price of 3.86 dollars per gallon, that an average American uses 7.72 dollars to go the approx same distance per gallon as I use my abit under 5 dollars..
So I ask again.. who got the better deal here? And again, I say.. my car is 10 years old.. if I bought a modern car today, the mileage per gallon would be much improved.. especially if I bought a diesel.