Top Democrats in the Senate are planning to introduce legislation that will ban the sale of all gas powered cars by mandating that only electric cars may be sold by the year 2040.
“When I take a lungful of air in this moment, it has 30 percent more carbon in it than when I was born,” the man behind the bill Senator Jeff Merkley, said on Wednesday. “That is a change that has never happened in a single generation of humankind on this planet.”
The bill is also co-sponsored by many key Democrats including Senators Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
This bill has a lot of dramatic measures, similar to those presented in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal' that not only calls for the end of gas powered cars, but also calls for the end to planes and cow farts.
Merkley sees the bill as a great way to 'green' the entire U.S. economy.
“This is just one small contributor to that vision,” Merkley said. “But we need to develop the details around many ideas so those ideas are ready to be combined into a larger package.”
“If we can’t get a larger package, but we can get individual pieces like electric cars, buses, better insulation, then we should do that, too,” Merkley said. “We need to push at every level.”
Check out what the Daily Caller reported:
Merkley’s bill would mandate 50 percent of new vehicle sales be zero-emissions vehicles by 2030. Companies can comply with the law by buying credits, which is similar to California’s zero-emission vehicle program that largely benefits electric car makers, like Tesla.
The internal combustion engine has long been a target for environmentalists. Vehicle emissions are a large source of greenhouse gases and pollution, and some countries have already pushed forward with plans to get rid of gas engines.
France and the U.K., for example, plan on banning gas and diesel vehicles by 2040. On a more local level Paris wants to ban gas-and-diesel-powered cars by 2030 and some German cities have also contemplated bans on diesel cars.
Merkley plans to introduce the bill Wednesday, and it’s nearly identical to electric vehicle legislation he introduced last year. The bill is unlikely to pass a Republican-controlled Senate and White House.
HuffPo speculated that gas-powered cars could be taken completely off the road by 2050 based on current vehicle turnover rates.
Talk is one thing, the reality of this plan seems very unlikely. Almost the entire U.S. economy is centered around gasoline and the fact that key Democrats want to completely end the use of gas powered vehicles in just two decades is quite appalling.
Currently, zero emission cars make up only 1.9% of the total U.S. car sales in America. Turning this 1.9% to 100% in only 20 years is not only unlikely, but almost impossible.
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