If you live in Ireland, I hope you’re not too attached to buying cars with internal combustion engines — because they’re going to be off the market by 2030.
According to the Irish news website The Journal, a new plan from Ireland’s government would ban the sale of cars that run on fossil fuels, whether they be gas (or petrol, if you’re in that part of the world) or diesel.
The ban would be part of Project Ireland 2040, the collective name for two infrastructure plans just introduced by the government in Ireland, according to the Irish Times.
One plan, the National Planning Framework, aims to “balance” development by keeping it mostly around the urban areas of Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford. The other, the National Development Plan, would spend €115 billion to upgrade the country’s infrastructure, including green energy initiatives.
As part of that plan, the government also proposes that no non-zero emission vehicles should be sold in the country after 2030. That means all gas and diesel vehicles will be consigned to the dustbin of history, while taxpayers pay for a network of charging stations and other electric car infrastructure.
It probably won’t surprise you that Project Ireland is being marketed as a rather kumbaya manner for an infrastructure plan.
On it’s website, which looks suspiciously like something out of a “Black Mirror” episode, the plan is described as “the Government’s overarching policy initiative to make Ireland a better country for all of us, a country that reflects the best of who we are and what we aspire to be.”
The plans are “informed” by the Programme for a Partnership Government 2016, which “realizes that economic and social progress go hand in hand.”
“Project Ireland 2040 emphasizes social outcomes and values ahead of economic targets. It prioritizes the wellbeing of all of our people, wherever they live and whatever their background.
“Wellbeing, equality and opportunity represent the core, interdependent themes of Project Ireland 2040. Without equality we cannot have wellbeing: without opportunity we cannot have equality. The objective of Project Ireland 2040 is to provide a comprehensive social, economic and cultural infrastructure for all our people to flourish, so that together we can create a better society.”
Unless, of course, your idea of a better society involves being able to drive the car of your choice powered by the fuel of your choice. Or if your idea of a better society is a prosperous one, considering Project Ireland 2040 “emphasizes social outcomes and values ahead of economic targets.” Ayn Rand couldn’t have written better euphemistic slogans for her “Atlas Shrugged” villains.
Sadly, Ireland isn’t the only country where electric car mania has caused governments to set prospective bans on the sale of gas-powered vehicles in the hope that by the time the bans take effect, technology will make electric vehicles viable, inexpensive and flexible for all applications.
Britain, France and Norway have set relatively hard targets ranging from 2025 to 2050, while India and Germany are looking at it closely, according to CNN Money.
We have been told for almost half a century now that the electric car is the future and it’s just around the corner. Now, granted, we’re a lot closer to it being a viable alternative. However, if the technology is so close to overtaking gas and diesel in terms of cost, impact and viability, why would we need to ban the gasoline car?
Easy: Bureaucrats want to control what you drive, all under the aegis of creating a “better society” which “emphasizes social outcomes and values ahead of economic targets.” Wonderful.
That’s the true face of Big Government.
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