The Finance Minister of Norway, Kristin Halvorsen, has proposed a ban on selling any new gas-only cars in the country starting in 2015. Any cars sold in the country from then on would have to be able to run at least partially on electricity or other alternative fuels. Hybrids and biofuel-compatible cars would be allowed.
Since the announcement, Halvorsen has encountered quite a bit of opposition, but realistically the ban isn't quite as radical as it sounds. The ban wouldn't rule out gas-fueled cars completely, it would just require new models to have the option of accepting alternative means of fuel. Older cars that run on gas wouldn't be affected by the plan and gas would still be used in newer cars too.
The proposal would definitely have a very positive environmental impact. If all new cars had the ability to be fueled by electricity, hydrogen or other alternative fuels, everyone would then have the opportunity to use these alternatives instead of gas. Halvorsen has stated that she believes the plan would be a way to stimulate growth in technology and the economy all while benefitting the environment.
Even though the benefits would be great and she has the support of many environmental groups, it's unlikely that the proposal will be adopted because of the opposition from other cabinet members.
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