Grow up, could there maybe be an upside to limiting emissions? One this writer with his childlike and provincial worldview can't appreciate? (Provincial because it's FAHREN auf der Autobahn, and childlike because the chosen substitute-word is "fun.") This isn't about your shallow "fun fun fun," it's about everybody's "death death death." And I hate to break it to you, but driving 100MPH on a German highway (which I'm pretty sure he's never done, or else he might've seen one or two signs with the words Fahren or Fahrt on them somewhere) might not be the only thing he'll have to say goodbye to. You actually should probably STOP ALTOGETHER hauling 2 tons of dead weight around with you everywhere, and do it TODAY, or be overrun with migrant refugees of drought, war, famine, and fascism tomorrow. (Or maybe your place succeeds in keeping them out, in which case you're probably in the fascist place from which you'll be the refugee.) Gauge how likely that future is, by the number of shallow and petulant downvotes this comment gets. I've pretty much accepted it as a near-certainty. It will precede the much-needed, massive die-off of homo sapiens back to a more sustainable population size.
Ah yes the Anti-human environmental movement! lets put those guys in charge!
If you have the basic powers of observation of natural laws, and aren't so vain as to believe humans are exempt from them, you can see this coming. I've already gone through my 5 stages of grief about it, that's what you're picking up on. It's not anti-human; driving your car is anti-human. To the tune of 35,000 Americans killed every year by it, and that's just from crashes. Don't blame me for how you feel when you hear the bad news for what I'm pretty sure is not the first time. The pro-human approach would be to see this coming ahead of time and actually manage the transition.
EDIT: ...like Germany is trying to do (a step in the right direction, but probably not enough and not fast enough)
Do you think nature can even hold a candle to these organized peoples?
You think these people are afraid of water? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flood_control_in_the_Netherlan...
If cities were built up with appropriate density, we could all get by in compact 400-500kg battery vehicles limited to 35mph. And not have to deal with ridiculous landscape upkeep overhead as a bonus (I'd venture to say at least 60% of people in suburbia never really use their lawn).
The car industry has managed to turn it into a national pride issue, and will fight tooth and nail to preserve the unlimited sections of the autobahn, because it lets them sell more expensive more powerful cars, and market them as "tested on the Autobahn".
In general, German driving culture needs a bit of a kick in the pants. While they're generally quite courteous on normal streets, and very good at making room for emergency vehicles, they still have some issues to deal with.
First of all, they drive way too close at high speeds on the motorways, and they brake very late when coming up on slower traffic, for instance a Porsche going 200+kph coming up on an Opel at ~120kph overtaking slow traffic. The guy in the Porsche will brake hard at the last possible moment. This often leads to huge pileups in foggy or otherwise inclement weather.
Secondly, there is a very definite sense of entitlement based on the size and price of your car. The bigger and more expensive your car is, the more you expect people to just get out of your way, because they drive a "lesser" vehicle. It's extremely obvious to compare reactions when you're driving a small Citroën compared to even just a BMW 1-series. People will pull right out in front of you if they deem your car "lesser" than theirs.
Abolishing unlimited speed will reduce the number of accidents, reduce pollution and somewhat even the playing field on the roads.
E: For clarification, my girlfriend is from Baden-Württemberg and we spend a lot of time on the roads when we visit her family, 2-3 times a year.
This happens to me regularly, and I'm not even living in Germany and driving on the Autobahn, I'm just living a little further to the East where the police is less rigorous in pursuing this type of traffic infractions. As long as you use the passing lane only when needed you're fine, nothing bad happens.
Again, this is normal for the Autobahn. All the bad behaviors you see on US roads (left-lane hogging, passing on the right) will get you an expensive ticket there.
That's not something I'd necessarily be opposed to in the future, but we need to get WAY more electric cars into use first.
For context, imagine if the US gov said 'no more 55mph' on the highway, instead, everyone has to go 45 mph max.
Imagine how people would react.
"Anything fun in life is illegal, immoral or fattening." - Anonymous
In practice, I'm so desperate for countries to do anything about climate change that I'm disinclined to complain about implementation. Climate change is an existential threat to humanity, and we need to actually treat it as such.
CO2 in automobile fuel is already heavily taxed in EU. Fuel used for aviation - guzzled by definition by the rich - is not taxed at all:
The massive industrial CO2 outputs of cement or steel factories is taxed at negligible levels compared to fuel, EU could easily reduce emissions by increasing the tax while applying a similar levy on imported products. The revenue these taxes could generates could be reinvested in electric transport infrastructure to benefit all, or industrial and technological upgrades for housing, manufacturing etc.
These crap policies like speed limits have a single purpose, to avoid tackling the real issues of carbon emissions in the context of international trade, with the largest emitters getting a massive subsidy by destroying the planet.
It’s not perfect, it’s expensive, it produces waste we need to deal with, but the alternative is going to be waiting for too-slow progress on the renewable end, only to realize it’s too late. That’s when the desperate geoengineering attempts will be made, likely kicking off some very unintended consequences.
Poor people are actually the most price sensitive and lowest consumers of services and manufactured goods, they would end up paying a smaller portion of the tax. There is nothing stopping the government from reducing other taxes in compensation or using the revenue to provide, say, a minimum level of free health insurance for all.
I'm just not going to complain when countries implement alternative measures. At least it's something.
Unsurprising, the unions favour speed limits over taxes (I doubt many trucks are travelling at 80mph).
 Current status: exit has been underway for at least a decade, although not as quickly as some would have hoped. https://medium.com/thebeammagazine/germanys-lignite-exit-str...
 wind and solar have been growing consistently for the past 15 years and have surpassed coal two years back. See https://twitter.com/dave0dave0/status/1081101220159414273?s=...
Average EU human uses 4kW of energy 24/7, including everything they eat, buy, heat, move etc. Assuming we move all use of engines to electricity and generate renewable power so don't waste 50% heating water in power stations, and get it down to 2kW, to store that power for just a day would be an electric car sized battery for every human.
If you’re against carbon emissions, and emission free clean energy at the same time, I don’t know how you’d expect to be taken seriously.