The Mayor of Paris has asked the government to turn the city into a "clean air zone" which would mean that cars over 17 years old would not be allowed within Paris' limits. This is ostensibly to reduce carbon emissions, although a cash-for-clunkers type program would also be implemented to encourage people to replace their old cars.
Since the manufacture of a new car far outweighs the carbon emissions savings of the improved gas milage, we're going to call this as an economic move, and not en environmental one. Because of the European economic crisis, car sales have been terrible in Europe, and a stimulus like this might help out the economy. Banning all of those beautiful classic French cars from the city wouldn't solve the economic crisis, nor would it really help the environmental crisis, so we're hoping this gets shut down.
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[via Left Lane News]