Two of the European Union's most powerful member states have united to throw one of the Union's keynote green policies under a juggernaut. Germany and Italy joined forces to thwart a European Union ban on the manufacture and sale of new
petrol and diesel cars by 2035 and have demanded exemptions to protect
their domestic car industries which earn €billions in export revenue and provide hundreds of thousands of jobs. A revolt by the two countries forced EU leaders to delay a key vote on new regulations which would outlaw the building of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) cars in twelve years time.
The draconian measures which amount to a prohibition of car ownership for people on low to median incomes were drafted last year and would prevent the sale of new cars unless they are "zero emissions". Electric cars, aside from all the attendant technical problems, are prohibitively expensive to buy new for most people and replacement batteries after five or so years use will cost almost as much as buying a new car.
Though the policy has not yet been ratified by member states, Germany and Italy, along with allies, is seeking an exemption for cars running on so-called e-fuels, such as kerosene made from waste, biodiesel and synthetic petrol, which are being developed by some manufacturers.
The action has forced EU officials to delay a vote that was sheduled for Tuesday (7 Marc 2023) because the laws cannot pass without Berlin's backing and have led to a split within Chancellor Olaf Scholz's coalition government, with his FDP partners agitating for the EU's plans to be loosened while Germany's loonytoon Greens are demanding even more stringent anti - car measures.
FDP Bundestag member Volker Wissing, transport minister in the coalition Government, said: "It is contradictory when the EU Commission calls for stronger climate protection targets on the one hand, but on the other hand makes it more difficult to achieve these targets through overambitious regulation."
Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, is expected to meet Chancellor Scholz over the weekend in a bid to to resolve the row as diplomats commute between countries hoping to avert a damaging split in EU unity over net zero lunacies that are putting fotunes in the already overstuffed pockets of financiers, corporate investors and peddlers of dodgy 'science.'
Matteo Salvini, Italy’s deputy prime minister, cheered the delay and added: “The voice of millions of Italians has been heard."
The last-minute hold-up is highly unusual, with the upcoming vote previously seen as a formality, but could be a harbinger of more serious trouble for the electric car industry because in the second half of 2022 sales plummeted as costs rose due to lifting of subsidies, soaring energy costs, lack of support infrastructure and shortages of components.
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