For those of us who will still be around in 2050, it could prove to be a very interesting time. Especially if the European Union has its way with things. According to TreeHugger, the European Commission, an executive branch of the EU, has proposed a ban on fossil fuel-driven vehicles by 2050.
The commission’s report, seen here (PDF), outlines a region (the “transport area”) where conventional vehicles will be replaced with clean ones, and where public transport infrastructure is given a huge boost. The proposal also calls on the banning of very short flights, forcing would-be flyers to find alternative ground transport for distances less than 186 miles.
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EU transport commissioner, Siim Kallas, recognizes this will come at a large financial cost:
We are talking about the necessity of investment of 1.5 trillion euros ($2.1 trillion). Curbing mobility is not an option; neither is business as usual. We can break the transport system’s dependence on oil without sacrificing its efficiency and compromising mobility. It can be win-win.
As this is a goal for the complete removal of all gas-guzzling cars and trucks by 2050, this should mean there will be several phases where emission-spewing vehicles are pulled off the road from now until then. Although we haven’t heard of similar plan being proposed in the US, we certainly hope the US will draft an equivalent plan to reduce, or eliminate, vehicles reliant on fossil fuels.