Spain, Europe’s second largest carmaker, plans combustion engine ban

Posted: February 12, 2019 by oldbrew in Emissions, Energy, ideology, Politics, Travel
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The craze for national economic self-harm in the name of supposed climate virtue-signalling seems to be spreading, among politicians at least.

Proposal put forward for country’s first climate law takes swipe at auto-industry, scraps fossil fuel subsidies and sets 2050 goal for 100% renewable power, reports Climate Home News.

Spain is proposing to ban fossil fuel subsidies, dump investments that encourage dirty energy use and drive lighter diesel and petrol vehicles off the road.

It marks a significant turnaround for one of Europe’s larger coal-mining, gas-importing and auto-manufacturing countries.

Fracking would also be banned nationwide.

In a draft of country’s Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition, published on Tuesday, the five-month-old socialist government proposes to reduce Spain’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% by 2030 and 90% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels.

The 2030 goal would amount to a 37% reduction from current levels, which Madrid called more ambitious than any other EU country.

This is Spain’s first national law on emissions reduction and clean energy goals.

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  1. Gamecock says:

    Man has no authority over the future.

  2. A C Osborn says:

    What a bunch of muppets.
    I wonder what ” fossil fuel subsidies” they are talking about?
    Commercial Suicide seems to be the “in thing” with Governments at the moment, I wonder if they realise the implications for future taxes that they will loose?

  3. tom0mason says:

    I propose that the UK goes for horse drawn transportation only, and private ownership of fossil fuel powered devices be made illegal by 2050.

    (…. and get those kids back into the mill, or laboring on the farm … )

    Next year — Ban all forms of fire!

  4. oldbrew says:

    tom – where have you been? 😎

    New diesel and petrol vehicles to be banned from 2040 in UK
    26 July 2017

    Of course the government of 2040 doesn’t even get elected for about another two decades.

  5. Curious George says:

    Spain should ban olives. That tree releases chemicals known as terpenes, changing the climate.

  6. Bob Greene says:

    This is not going to meet the 1.5C goal. They need to do more. How does returning to the 5th century sound?

  7. ivan says:

    If they are going to ban fossil fuel powered cars, what are they going to use for transport? Electric cars don’t cut it because they are too expensive for the common population, besides they don’t have enough electricity to charge them or is this going to be another fiasco like shining lights on solar panels at night to get maximum subsidies?

    Like A C Osborn I am left wondering just what these fossil fuel subsidies are or are they saying that by not charging high taxes on fossil fuels the greens consider that a subsidy.

  8. stpaulchuck says:

    well there ya have it. Spain takes the traveling trophy for Peak Stupid. However, I think they should start immediately not later.

    I want to watch this on my energy hog 55″ TV with the heat turned up to 73 and the air con set for 76 here in Minnesota as I pre-warm my 5.4 liter V8 F-150 pickup truck before towing my 17 foot bass boat with the 115hp two-stroke engine up to the lake for some fun racing around the lake and then killing some fish for supper. I think I get around 10 mpg or so when I’m towing. It’s kind of uphill to the lake from my place. In the winter I can tow a pair of 90hp snowmobiles up to the the farm and run flat out for an hour or so belching CO2 all over the place.

    Or we could just cruise about in the wife’s V8 powered Town Car blasting CO2 everywhere as we try to get the winter temperature up to minus 20 from the current minus 25. Roll on Global Warming. [/snark 😉 ]

  9. Graeme No.3 says:

    Man of La Mancha attacks internal combustion driven cars. Unfortunately the cars are too fast so he has to slay electrics (immobilized by lack of electricity) for supper.

  10. The Spanish government will not be in power after the next election.

  11. oldbrew says:

    Sounds a lot like the Corbyn agenda :/

  12. Ve2 says:

    Brilliant decision, unemployment rate of 14.5%, $17.5 billion AUD invested in the last 7 years, 2nd biggest industry in Spain.
    What could possibly go wrong.

  13. oldbrew says:

    Ve2 says: What could possibly go wrong.

    They could find that China had cornered the market in battery production by buying up all the big materials sources.

    The Renewable Revolution Has A Lithium Problem
    Feb 12, 2019

    Batteries, too, are completely dependent on finite earth-sourced materials for their fabrication. What’s more, China currently has an overwhelming monopoly on a great number of these rare earth elements (although not all are as rare as this label implies).

  14. oldbrew says:

    The French government has proposed legislation committing the country to carbon-neutrality by 2050.

    But the proposers won’t be in power in 2050, 2040 or even 2030.

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    What is it about Europe that causes all the craziness there to be worse, go further, and last longer than elsewhere on the planet?

    I’d like to know so we can get it out of the USA. We have a fair amount of it too, but nowhere near your level. The Russians seem immune to it, the Hungarians resistant, the Chinese game it against you. Then the 3rd Worlders just guilt trip you all over it for money. It seems to spread well with some loss of fidelity to Canada and Australia, though; so I’m worried we’ll catch more of it.

    Is it in the food? Your broadcast media? Schools? Something causes your politicians to be crazy and your population pliable to bs “leaders”….

  16. oldbrew says:

    EMS – What is it about Europe that causes all the craziness there to be worse, go further, and last longer than elsewhere on the planet?

    EU groupthink?