Target: Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway
Goal: Support initiative that would see gas-burning cars phased out of Norway by 2025.
Lawmakers in Norway have come to an agreement to phase out all gas-burning vehicles by 2025, according to reports. A Norwegian business newspaper reports that the country’s four leading political parties finally reached the accord after years of negotiations. The electric cars would be powered cleanly by the country’s power grid, which runs on 90 percent renewable hydropower.
About one fifth of cars in Norway are already fully electric, making the country the world leader in electric vehicle drivership. This is due in part to significant subsidies and tax incentives for purchasers of new electric vehicles. The country was the first to install public Tesla charging stations, and provided free charging hubs as part of the incentives.
Gas-burning vehicles produce several different types of emissions, many of which are harmful to the environment and contribute to climate change. The pollutants released by vehicles can also be harmful to human health. Some are known carcinogens, while others can irritate respiratory systems and exacerbate symptoms of illnesses such as asthma.
By moving to ban gas-burning vehicles, Norway could eliminate millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year. This will not only benefit the citizens of Norway, but the global environment as a whole. Such a move could also set a precedent for other countries currently considering similar laws, including India and The Netherlands, to follow. Sign the petition below to show your support for this ambitious and groundbreaking initiative and urge policymakers to ensure it becomes law.
Dear Ms. Solberg,
Reports say that Norway’s four leading political parties have agreed to work on a law that would ban gas-burning cars by 2025. Electric cars, powered more cleanly by the mostly hydroelectric power grid, would take over. This would result in drastic drops in both greenhouse gas emissions harmful to the environment and particulates harmful to human health.
If implemented, this law could change the global transportation scene and cement Norway’s place as a pioneer of electric drivership. This initiative could push other countries, such as India and The Netherlands, to implement similar legislation currently being considered. We, the undersigned, urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that this initiative comes to fruition.
[Your Name Here]
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