German environmentalists — who in the past have campaigned against the country's no-speed-limit autobahns — are again calling for the imposition of a 120 km/h (75 mph) speed limit. The groups claim the limit would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent.
Germany's transport minister opposes the idea. "I am committed to a reduction in emissions but a general speed limit on open stretches of road does not make sense," minister Wolfgang Tiefensee said in a statement.
Germany's Financial Times Deutschland agrees: "Derestricted driving on the autobahn is to the Germans what pesto is to the Italians and the baguette is to the French. No one in Italy or in France would dare to try and ban the cultural characteristics of their country."
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preface: I think they should keep the autobahn as is, and I don't think there's a problem with vehicle emissions (in a general sense)
point: it's silly...no, stupid...to come up with ways to make people save energy and reduce emissions when you could simply enact a speed limit and cut emissions by 30% (assuming the quote in the article is correct). It costs motorists nothing to drive slower (except time), whereas requiring requiring people to comply with various other forms of emission control costs them a pretty penny in the long run.
If they're going to do other things to reduce emissions, why not do the easiest and cheapest thing first?
I can't argue with the logic behind it, I really can't. I am all for saving the environment, but to me it would be like turning the lights off on the Effiel tower. Do they waste huge amount of power, yes and I think they probably should be toned down or turned off, but it still seems wrong to me some how. Kind of like imposing milage standards on gas guzzling SUVs and cars.
Oh wait, I don't have a problem with that at all.