Norway could ban gasoline-powered cars – OK so this is me being a google slut again

(Its Jammin Friday but don’t tell anyone – )

But I post the title and what follows just to show the difference between a forward looking country concerned about the world and a backward looking State like Illinois as best exemplified by the


You would think with a name like that they would be concerned about the environment, right? But in the never never land that is Springfield they are more concerned about keeping profits high and the STATE at bay.

I also find it interesting that I had to go to the second GOOGLE page to get remotely close to the original article published in 2007 by UPI


OSLO, Norway, May 23 (UPI) — Norwegian lawmakers are working on a proposal that could lead to a ban on the sale of gasoline-powered cars, a published report said Wednesday.

Ruling Labor, Socialist Left and Center party members of the Parliament’s transportation committee have aired the proposal, and the Transport Ministry is determining if such a ban would be legal, Oslo’s Verdens Gang newspaper reported.

“This is not a problem to arrange,” Labor transportation committee member Truls Wickstrom said. “In Brazil over 80 percent of cars sold run on bioethanol.”

“Most of the major car makers are banking on flexi-fuel,” Wickstrom said.

A flexible-fuel vehicle, or dual-fuel vehicle, has two fuel tanks and can alternate between, for instance, gasoline and bioethanol, also known as gasohol.

Banning sales of gasoline-powered cars “would pressure the automobile industry into developing technology faster than it otherwise would,” Center Party committee member Jenny Klinge said.


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So this was 2 years ago at least:

Norway Considers Banning Petrol-Powered


By Frank Williams
October 12, 2007

No seriously. The Kingdom of Norway may become the first nation on God’s green Earth to ban all gasoline-only cars. Citing Brazil’s success with bioethanol as their rationale, Norwegian lawmakers are considering ditching petrol-only machines completely, in favor of biofuel-powered transportation. The United Press International reports that Center Party committee member Jenny Klinge feels banning sales of gasoline-powered cars to her country’s 4.7m residents “would pressure the automobile industry into developing technology faster than it otherwise would.” The Norwegian Transport ministry is trying to determine if such a ban would be legal. Meanwhile, Norway’s many corn, soybean, and sugar cane farmers are excited about the prospects of a new market for their crops.


But here is IERG’s response if you believe Deedee Hirner Executive Director:

Making ‘polluters’ pay a disingenuous idea
Ron Burke’s suggestion for solving Illinois’ budget woes (“OK clean-energy law to help achieve 2 goals,” April 15) sounds painless — “making polluters pay.” He offers this, rather than increasing taxes, to raise billions to shore up state revenues. We believe Burke’s suggestion is disingenuous.

“Polluting businesses” provide gasoline to fuel our cars, electricity for light, heat, computers and high-def televisions, laundry detergents, beverage sweeteners and toothpaste. “Polluters” provide products that we, the consumers, demand. To promote “they” will pay more while “we” pay less is nothing more than a verbal shell game.

Burke states that Illinois is a significant contributor to global warming, and it is time to take responsibility for our emissions. We note that since 1980, Illinois’ population has increased 32 percent, vehicle miles traveled increased 101 percent and energy consumption increased 29 percent, while overall emissions decreased 49 percent.

Further, according to the World Resources Institute that facilitated the Illinois Climate Change Advisory Group’s work, since 1990, greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation and residential sectors increased 18 percent and 3 percent, respectively, while those in the industrial energy sector decreased by 14 percent. It would appear that Illinois industry already has, to paraphrase Burke, seized the opportunity to get ahead of the curve.

Congress is expected to act soon on climate-change legislation. We believe the federal, not single- or five-state regional level, is the appropriate place for action. Burke implies opposition to regional regulation stems from a desire to hide. We strongly disagree — over-arching national policy evens the playing field for business and industry across all states.

Finally, a clean-energy law cannot achieve two goals. Proponents of charging for emissions to reduce global warming advocate that fees be revenue neutral. Revenue is not to be retained by government to solve budgets woes, but refunded to energy users to mitigate “negative impacts,” or provide incentives to reduce CO2 emissions.

Deirdre K. Hirner
Executive director
Illinois Environmental
Regulatory Group


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IERG’s primary objective is the development and negotiation of environmental regulations and laws in Illinois. IERG is committed to the principle that environmental regulation and policy be grounded on sound science and produce demonstrated environmental improvements commensurate with the costs involved for compliance.

Because of the diversity of these regulations – and the way in which responsibilities are spread over state government – IERG is involved with an ever expanding universe of state agencies and departments. To this end, IERG expends effort to actually draft both regulatory language and detailed comments on proposals put forth by the regulatory agencies. On behalf of IERG members, staff is involved early in the effort to provide sound and technically defensible input throughout the regulatory, policy or legislative process.


That Hang out with THESE PEOPLE:

(Expanded Members)

Abbott Laboratories
Robert Wells

Ameren Services Company
Michael L. Menne

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company
Mark E. Calmes  

Atlantic Richfield Company
Thomas G. Tunnicliff

Aventine Renewable Energy, Inc.
Steve Antonacci

Bunge North America, Inc.
Loren L. Polak

Buzzi Unicem USA, Inc.
Kathy Brady

Cabot Corporation
Amy Clyde

Caterpillar Inc.
Patricia Ludewig 

Chrysler Corporation
Mark Werthman

CITGO Petroleum Corporation
Matthew W. Klickman

Cognis Corporation
Maureen Haller

Commonwealth Edison Company
Lorinda Alms  

Conooco Phillips Petroleum Company
Gina P. Nicholson

Corn Products International, Inc.
Alan L. Jirik

Deere & Company
James Nitzschke  

Dominion Kincaid Generation, LLC
Al Rinozzi

The Dow Chemical Company
Bill Pedersen

Duke Energy
Patrick Coughlin

Dynegy Midwest Generation
Rick Diericx

Electric Energy, Inc.
Bruce Parker

Equistar Chemical, LP
Robert Steele

ExxonMobil Corporation
Robert S. Elvert  

Flint Hills Resource,. LLC
Gale Newton

Flint Hills Resources (Huntsman)
Mary Steinbach 

G.E. Plastics
Timothy Thompson

General Mills
Theodore M. Slavik  

Illinois Cement
Gene Hodges

Kinder Morgan Inc.
Thomas J. Bach

Lonza Inc.
Robert E. Miller

Marathon Petroleum Company LLC
Alan Mayo

MGP Ingredients
Bob Taphorn

Midwest Generation EME, LLC
Basil G. Constantelos  

Morris Cogeneration, L.L.C.
Carolyn Gibson

Nicor Gas Company
Somali Tomczak

Nucor Steel Kankakee, Inc.
Ray Smith

Olin Corporation
Phillip Sutton

ONDEO Nalco Company
Mary Lee  

Peabody Coal
Bryce West

Peoples Energy
Michael Jouras

Prairie Power, Inc.
Randy Fisher

S & C Electric Company
Robert Sullivan  

The Sherwin-Williams Company
Paul Barding   

The Solae Company
Mark Sheppard

Southern Illinois Power Cooperative
Dick Myott  

Springfield City Water, Light & Power
William A. Murray

Stepan Company
Daniel J. Muno

Sterling Steel Company,  LLC
David Long

Tate & Lyle
Richard Dickinson

United States Steel Granite City Works
Larry Siebenberger  

Viscofan USA, Inc.
Jack Webster

Waste Management, Inc.
Lisa Disbrow

(Expanded Executive Committee)

Chairman & Manufactured Equipment, Materials,             David Long

Vice Chairman &
Transportation, Equipment &
Services Sector 
Patricia Ludewig

Secretary & Chemicals Sector
Anu Singh  

Treasurer & Oil Sector 
Bob Elvert      

Utilities Sector
Rick Diericx

Past Chairman & Food & Pharmaceutical Sector           Alan Jirik President & CEO,
The Illinois Chamber
Doug Whitley

IERG Executive Director
Deirdre K. Hirner


Why don’t I just write a Letter to the Editor?  The State Journal Register quit printing mine.

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Nuff said.

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