Denmark Wants To Ban Gas-Powered Cars, Even Hybrids

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter

Denmark is presenting a proposal to the country’s parliament later in October that would ban the sale of all gas-powered cars, including hybrids, by 2035, Reuters reports.

Denmark’s government is presenting the plan as a way to curb vehicle pollution and combat climate change. The plan will be implemented incrementally, banning the sale of gas- and diesel-powered cars in 2030 and extending the ban to hybrids five years later.

“It is a big ambition that will be hard to achieve. But that’s exactly why we need to try,” Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen told parliament Tuesday, according to Reuters.

Denmark’s proposal is similar to others that have been introduced across Europe and in the United States. (RELATED: Europe Is Waging War On The Internal Combustion Engine)

France and the U.K. have passed laws banning gas and diesel cars by 2040 for similar reasons as Denmark; they want to cut down on pollution in cities and shift the vehicle market to favor electric vehicles.

France has gone after the oil and gas industry. President Emanuel Macron issued a freeze on any new oil and gas leases in 2017 and intends to ban all oil and gas drilling by 2040.

A lawmaker in California, which boasts some of strongest environmental laws in the U.S., introduced a bill to ban the sale gas-powered cars in the state by 2040 in January.

Numerous cities such as Paris and Copenhagen have passed similar bans on the sale of gas and diesel-powered cars or restrict their use.

Denmark intends to phase out fossil fuels from its power supply by 2050.

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