WEF: The end of the personal car is coming
According to a report, the World Economic Forum (FEC) wants to end “wasteful” private vehicle ownership and instead replace it with “communal sharing” of cars in an effort to reduce global demands for fossil fuels and precious metals.
A paper published by WEF argues that private vehicles are not good for the earth and that most vehicles are barely used.
The proposed universal model would take vehicle users “from owning to using” vehicles, thus protecting the planet. In their paper, WEF uses the statistic that shows the average car use in England is only 4%, claiming that it would be easy to share vehicles with other people.
According to WEF, it is time to sell cars that just sit there not getting used and instead walk or share vehicles because “car sharing platforms such as Getaround and BlueSG have already seized that opportunity to offer vehicles where you pay per hour used.”
WEF said that in order to save the planet, the end of private ownership is required and applies to everything, including cars, private homes and even “city-wide design principles.” WEF added:
“A design process that focuses on fulfilling the underlying need instead of designing for product purchasing is fundamental to this transition.”
“This is the mindset needed to redesign cities to reduce private vehicles and other usages.”
It seems that WEF is not the only organization that wants people to give up personal car ownership. The International Energy Agency (IEA) told global governments they need to cut the amount of oil supply to domestic consumers and “nudge” people out of their private cars to lower consumption.
IEA allegedly has a plan to reduce the consumption of gas by reducing speed limits, having more electric cars, constructing more cyclist lanes, implement cheap public transport, use long-distance trains instead of airplanes, and have people work from home at least three days per week.
IEA stated that these “changes” in the behavior of consumers are necessary for the benefit and survival of the planet.
One example of these “changes” is Ireland’s 10-year “Climate Action Plan 2019” (CAP), which forces vehicles off the road and packs people into “higher density” cities. The CAP is “revolutionizing people’s lives” in order to stop the coming “climate apocalypse.”
In order to avert the “climate apocalypse”, the government plans to force people “out of private cars because they are the biggest offenders for emissions” with proposals that include banning fossil fuel vehicles from towns and cities nationwide to intentionally cripple ordinary motorists.
According to reports, a number of European nations and U.S. states have already passed legislation that will ban the sale of non-electric cars as soon as 2030. Washington, New York and California have already passed such measures.
Forbes reported that some cities in Europe are starting to introduce charges for using personal vehicles, with extra fees on the top for more polluting vehicles, such as London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone or Bristol’s Clean Air Zone.
The advent of autonomous taxies, which are already in commercial use in China, could also make on-demand ride hailing even easier than the likes of Uber and Lyft. Electric vehicles also throw a further complication into the mix of car buying and owning.