Ban Gas-Powered Cars by 2015, Says Visionary Norwegian Finance Minister

You've likely never heard of Kristin Halvorsen, but Norway's current Minister of Finance and leader of the Socialist Left dropped a bomb at an Oslo alternative fuels and vehicles exhibition recently: Halvorsen proposed that Norway place a ban on ICE cars by 2015. The proposition excluded ICE hybrids, but little else.

According to a piece in the Windsor Star, she said, "This is much more realistic than people think when they first hear about this proposal ….The financial crisis also means that a lot of those car producers that now have big problems ... know that they have to develop their technology because we also have to solve the climate crisis when this financial crisis is over."

Staggering. Audacious. Inspired. Game-changing. An idea that's flat-out dazzling.

This kind of proposal is only ludicrous in a huge country (like the US) with an enormous automotive industry (like the US), gobs of oil reserves (like the US), and a Methadone-like addiction to oil (like the US). In a smaller, more nimble country like Norway, it is far more plausible. Granted, Minister Halvorsen (Ms. Halvorsen? Not sure what the proper form of address is) faces serious opposition, chiefly in the form of Jens Stoltenberg, Norway's Prime Minister and a member of the Labor party, and that's just for starters.

But take a minute to consider her approach: forcing automakers to bend under the will of the financial crisis, just like the rest of us. No bailouts, no hand-outs, no harmful concessions or compromises.

Adapt to a changing world, or get out of the way. I freakin love it.


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