WHAT did they say?
- Hi All,
This article carries the headline:
"Car-free blueprint that could save the planet"
The term does not appear in the article text.
Anybody in the UK want to make a fuss?
Car-free blueprint that could save the planet
Monday, July 9, 2007
Britain could eradicate all its harmful greenhouse gas emissions within 20 years.
But only if people stop travelling by air and in petrol-driven cars, a report claims.
Intensively farmed meat would also need to make way for locally grown organic produce, while an 'armada' of wind turbines must be built around the coast to achieve the goal.
The radical vision was put forward by researchers and scientists from the Centre for Alternative Technology.
'What we are saying is we need a huge programme, a bit like the US space project in the 1960s,' said Paul Allen, the group's development director.
'It is a political challenge but we had the political willpower to abolish slavery even though people said it would cost the economy too much.'
In its report, zerocarbonbritain, CAT suggests creating a market for carbon that affects every individual, household and company in the country.
People would be given their own carbon credit smart card filled with 'tradable energy quotas' rather like a London Transport Oyster card.
Each year, the free allocation would decrease as the country moves towards zero carbon, so the value of the quotas would go up.
Every time people filled their car with petrol or took a plane flight they would lose valuable credits.
Over time this would force people to use low carbon alternatives.
Electric, battery-operated cars would quickly overtake normal petrol and diesel vehicles as a result, the authors from the centre in Powys, Wales, claimed.
The aviation industry would also have to develop a green fuel to continue, they said.
The Government announced earlier this year it wanted to cut carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2050.
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J.H. Crawford Carfree Cities