European Union officials are preparing to ban all cars from major cities, according to The Telegraph in London. The ban would begin in 2050, and would be in effect in most major European cities.
Fighting global warming is, of course, the alleged justification for the coming ban, which is contained in a larger transportation plan for Europe that EU officials say is designed to force Europeans to stop driving conventionally fueled vehicles.
"Top of the EU's list to cut climate change emissions is a target of 'zero' for the number of petrol and diesel-driven cars and lorries in the EU's future cities.
"Siim Kallas, the EU transport commission, insisted that Brussels directives and new taxation of fuel would be used to force people out of their cars and onto "alternative' means of transport.
"'That means no more conventionally fuelled cars in our city centres,' he said. 'Action will follow, legislation, real action to change behaviour.'"
It's been clear for decades that banning automobiles and the freedom they enable for individual Americans is among the top priorities for the environmental movement, but for obvious political reasons, only the very most radical Big Green voices speak openly about such a goal.
Now that the EU has made such a ban official policy, you can be sure we will soon be hearing similar proposals here in the states. For more from The Telegraph, go here.