Ban on Petrol and Diesel Cars?

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Norway Sets 2015 Target

Norway’s Finance Minster, Kristin Halvorsen, has proposed to ban petrol cars by 2015 in order to lower CO2 emissions and encourage car manufacturers to begin making more environmentally friendly models. That would mean only electric, biofuel, hydrogen or hybrid cars could be bought in the Scandinavian country by that date. Speaking about the proposal, Ms. Halvorsen said, "This is much more realistic than people think when they first hear about [it]. The financial crisis means a lot of those car producers that now have big problems know they have to develop their technology, because we also have to solve the climate crisis when this financial crisis is over." However, the ban would not apply to used cars – petrol or diesel – bought before 2015.

This proposal is both interesting and surprising, as Norway is the world’s sixth-largest oil exporter. Indeed, Ms. Halvorsen 's proposition is likely to be subjected to heated debate, as the idea has some opponents, even within the government itself.

Irish Parliament Pushes Government for More Action on CO2

The Irish Government stated last year that it expects 10 percent of the vehicles on Irish roads to be electric-powered by 2020. To bring this about, an agreement has been signed with the Electricity Supply Board to put recharging stations in different locations throughout the country. However, the Oireachtas (Irish national parliament) Joint Committee on Climate Change and Energy Security published a report recently in which it encourages the Government to go even further in its measures to combat CO2 emissions. The authors of the report envisage that by 2020 all new vehicles on the market should be powered by electric engines, with at least 350,000 electric cars already in use by the same date.

To find out more about Norway’s proposed ban on petrol cars and Ireland’s measures to reduce C02, and to see a comprehensive list of quality used cars for sale, visit CBG.ie.


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Guest coolerchoice

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I think that it is now going in the rfight direction , biofuels and hybrid & electric cars are the way forward to help solve the emmisions problem we have

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Guest TheNissanMan

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Not practical, I love my petrol car a twin turbo Nissan.

I and many others like me would be very hesitant to give up our sixes and eights.

However saying that, why can't they invent a biopetrol which would be like biodiesel and take as much CO2 from the atmosphere to grow, as it puts back? There you are, both green and practical!

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Guest Graham

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One day it will have to happen...petrol and diesel will become too expensive and an alternative will have to be found. I think that will happen sooner than people think so research into other fuel should be done as soon as possible.

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One day it will have to happen...petrol and diesel will become too expensive and an alternative will have to be found. I think that will happen sooner than people think so research into other fuel should be done as soon as possible.

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