British PM's Top Science Adviser Calls for Gasoline & Diesel Car Ban

Professor David King urges setting deadline to compell auto makers and oil companies to develop "green" cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells and electricity.

Published: 17-Feb-2002

Tony Blair's chief scientific adviser has called for a complete ban on the sale of petrol-and diesel-powered cars, in one of the most dramatic proposals yet made on tackling climate change.

Professor David King told The Independent on Sunday that Britain should follow the example of Lombardy, a heavily-industrialised region in northern Italy, which is to ban the sale of fossil-fuel powered cars from 1 January 2005.

Professor King, the Government's most senior scientist, said a fixed target would force car makers and oil companies to develop "green" cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells and electricity.

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