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A Fossil-Fuel Free Europe by 2050?

The European Commission said that to meet climate goals by midcentury, gasoline- and diesel-run cars must disappear from cities. Its new goals to cut oil use are the world’s most ambitious.

What will it take for Europe to meet its own energy goals? New technology and urban development must ease the need for fossil-fuel powered cars. “Michael Replogle, global policy director and founder of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, said the European Commission is well-positioned to deal with the patchwork of policies between countries. Truckers, for example, face different fees—and even different kinds of tolling machines—each time they cross a border. ‘The Germans use one system; the French use another system; the Swiss, who are not part of the European Commission, use yet another system,’ he said.”


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