Yesterday the European Commission unveiled a plan to ban automobiles from all major European cities over the next 40 years. In its draconian masterplan to cut CO2 emissions by 60 per cent, the commission also proposes to end short flights from Britain to southern Europe to ensure that more than half of all trips over 186 miles are by rail.
The commission would use Brussels directives and new fuel taxes to force people to park their cars and use alternative transportation.
“That means no more conventionally fuelled cars in our city centres. Action will follow, legislation, real action to change behaviour.”—Siim Kallas, EU transport commission
Kallas said that the plan would reduce the number of cars in use by half over the next 20 years, before all cars are banned in 2050. He called the plan a “win-win” because it would “break the transport system’s dependence on oil without sacrificing its efficiency and compromising mobility.”
But not all Europeans think Kallas’ grandiose greening of Europe in a jolly good idea.
“If he [Kallas] wants to bring everywhere to a grinding halt and to plunge us into a new dark age, he is on the right track. … The man is off his rocker. I suggest that he … finds himself a space in the local mental asylum.”—Hugh Bladon, Association of British Drivers spokesman
Ayn Rand said that the real guilt lies with those “who accept collectivism by moral default” and bring the world to “bloody ruins and concentration camps,” believing that their wailing, “But I didn’t mean this!” will somehow absolve them of moral responsibility.
“Is it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon him?”—Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
For more on the story, see EU to ban cars from cities by 2050.