a reply to: LittleByLittle
This! I agree so much.
I can only speak for my country (the Merkel one). She even said this, while on a visit in Argentinia, two years ago
In the context of self driving cars:
„Wir werden in 20 Jahren nur noch mit Sondererlaubnis selbstständig Auto fahren dürfen.“
Translation by me:
"In twenty years, we will only be allowed to drive by ourselves, with a permit".
In the context of individually owned cars, where it is hard to find the correct quote (roughly translated by me)
"I expect the individual traffic to be greatly reduced by 2025"
Years before the tone from the government was like this, if you were looking for a job:
"A 1 hour commute is to be seen bearable and normal".
This is not going to work in my country, where many have long commutes but are specialized in their field. Those people are not going to switch to
picking up apples or harvest aspargus in the fields. They can only force us to move closer to our work and that is a big no-no here, since many do own
houses and have ties to their region.
Currently, politics are doing their best job to ruin our country. The media greatly jumped on the Thunberg train... What do you want media? Fuel
efficiency? Low CO2 emmisions? No fine grade dust? It is not possible to achieve all three things in one. If you screw with the fine grad dust (turbo
motors, direct injectors) output, you screw with fuel efficiency in a negative way.
We can not have both. My impression is the media and politics is intentionally keeping silent about this because electro cars.
Those electro cars are junk and they are not good for the environment. At the same time, politics is shutting down coal and nuclear power plants that
serve the ground load on the grid.
Fast forward into 2035: It is almost as if they are trying to pull the "Oh #, now we have the mess and have to deal with it, since the grid is
overloaded and no combustion engines around, I guess we have to make some more laws that cut our freedom. In the name of Thunberg and mother earth.
I am for more environmental awareness but the ball is in the car manufactures hands now. They have been hiding patents left and right for the oil
industry. Military probably, too. Because killing others is more important. Of course it is all in the name of defense.
Sorry I rambled away here...