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Norway to Ban Gas-Powered Cars by 2025. Will the U.S.?

Norway, Europe's largest petroleum producer, makes an unprecedented commitment to green energy.

Norway’s major parties agreed to a proposal to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel-powered cars starting in 2025. This hasn’t yet become law, but marks the first time a nation has taken such a dramatic step towards green energy.  

While 20-24% of Norway’s cars are already fully electric, this still marks a significant transformation for a nation that is Europe’s largest petroleum producer, with 20% of its GDP and 45% of its exports consisting of fossil fuels.

Who is most excited about this turn of events? Elon Musk tweeted some enthusiastic support, as his electric car company Tesla would certainly benefit from such a seismic shift.

Just heard that Norway will ban new sales of fuel cars in 2025. What an amazingly awesome country. You guys rock!!

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 3, 2016


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