News Digest Item
31 Oct 2016

State premiers unaware they recommended to phase out conventional cars by 2030

Der Spiegel

German states’ resolution to recommend the phase-out of new combustion engine vehicles at EU level by 2030 was “one of the most brilliant political coups of recent years”, even if it was mainly symbolic, write Sven Böll and Horand Knaup in weekly magazine Der Spiegel. Many state premiers were totally unaware that the resolution, which was pushed by green politicians, included this target when they took a vote on it, according to the report. The resolution “shows how easy it is for a group of determined specialist politicians to dupe the council of German federal state governments (Bundesrat),” write Böll and Knaup.

For background, read the CLEW article German states - New cars in EU should be emission-free by 2030.

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