European lawmakers are proposing to ban sports cars in an effort to lower carbon emissions. High performance vehicles like Porsche and Ferrari could soon be banned from Europe. Like cancer anything fun has to be bad for you – big houses, unnecessarily large tv’s and cutting edge electronics have to be next on the list.
Chris Davies, a British member of the European Parliament, is proposing one of the most-extreme measures — a prohibition on any car that goes faster than 162 kilometers (101 miles) an hour, a speed that everything from the humble Honda Civic on up can exceed. He ridiculed fast cars as “boys’ toys.”
For those who abhor sports cars as vulgar symbols of affluence (along with vacation homes, furs and fancy jewelry), such a ban could be a two-fer: Saving the planet while cutting economic inequality.
“Automobiles always seem to be the focus, even though they only consume 15 percent or 20 percent of energy,” said Csaba Csere, editor of Car & Driver magazine. If politicians really cared about the atmosphere they might concentrate first on power plants or factories, he said.