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Oslo makes landmark move to ban cars

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As part of a plan to rein in carbon emissions, Oslo’s new city council announced this week that the city’s center would be car-free by 2019.

Ars Technica reports that the move, which aims to help the city halve greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels, “will make Oslo the first European capital where cars are permanently banned, plus it’s a strong indicator that similar bans may be enacted in other major cities across the continent.”

To make the shift, the Norwegian capital will boost its investment into public transportation and add roughly 37 miles (60 kilometers) of bike lanes, Reuters reports

“The time for climate action is now, and the new city government will address climate change both locally and globally,” the International Business Times quotes Lan Marie Nguyen Berg, of the Green Party in Oslo, as saying. “The reduction in pollution will make the city even better to live in, and ensure that we take our global responsibility.”

The new coalition running the city, made up of the Labor Party, the Socialist Left, and the Greens, additionally said that it would divest its pension fund from fossil fuels.

“Divestment,” Nguyen Berg added, “sends a strong message to the world prior to the Climate Change Conference in Paris that we need a strong agreement that will ensure that we avoid dangerous global warming.”

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5 Comments on "Oslo makes landmark move to ban cars"

  1. Pennsyguy on Thu, 22nd Oct 2015 8:09 pm 

    Banning autos from cities does more for the biosphere than all the proposed techno miracles. In addition to climate and energy benefits, fewer autos means better air quality, less illness, better health via more walking and bike usage and increase quality of life. I don’t see this happening much in the U. S. though, not until either cars or gasoline become unaffordable or unobtainable.

  2. ghung on Thu, 22nd Oct 2015 9:07 pm 

    Rejecting autos prepares those who do it for the inevitable time when societies can’t support high-energy personal transportation. It’s pre-adaptation. Many younger folks in the US have decided that cars aren’t worth the cost, or simply can’t afford them.

  3. rockman on Fri, 23rd Oct 2015 7:18 am 

    ghung – And not to mention it may help reduce some of their societal guilt pangs given the country is supplying 29 BILLION GALLONS of GHG producing oil to the world per year. Additionally by not burning fuel in Oslo they can export even more of the output from the 4. 7 BILLION GALLONS of oil refining capacity per year the country owns.

    With that revenue stream they can easily afford to build out the mass transit to accommodate the car ban. Your classic win-win. At least for Norway. LOL

  4. Kenz300 on Fri, 23rd Oct 2015 8:46 am 

    Electric vehicles, bicycles and mass transit are the future…….

    How The Decline Of Cars Is Changing Cities For The Better

  5. rockman on Fri, 23rd Oct 2015 11:14 am 

    “Electric vehicles, bicycles and mass transit are the future…….”. Yes…as are hundreds of BILLIONS OF GALLONS of Norwegian oil production.

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