Ambassador: Governments Should Ban Import Of Old Cars To Fight Climate Change

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President Obama attempted to fight Climate Change by creating the Cash 4 Clunkers program, where perfectly good cars were traded in and destroyed in an effort to get them off the streets.

But Peace FM reports that an Ambassador has decided to raise the ante and call for all governments on the African continent to stop importing old cars. All in an effort to fight Global Warming:

H.E Stephane Gompertz, Ambassador, Climate Change for Africa and Indian Ocean, has called on governments to stop the importation of old items into Africa.

Addressing a gathering at this year’s Climate Change Conference organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), he called on Africans to discourage the use of old imports from foreign countries because to him, “Africans have the right like any other, like French men, like Germans; to use modern up-to-date technology.”

…To Ambassador Gompertz, the ban opens up a new era for good-conditioned items to invade the African continent.

“Ghana now has prohibited importing old refrigerators. I think it’s very wise measure. Now, some people could argue yes but those old refrigerators are cheap; therefore you prevent people from having a fridge. I’m not a specialist in refrigerators but I think the technology has evolved and the cost of such equipment gone down anyway.

He further called on the government to ban the imports of old cars into the country.

“It’s better to make sure that only imports of good condition will be allowed…I think the Government of Ghana is doing the right when it bans the import of old refrigerators and that will apply to old cars as well because indeed we cannot accept this situation to go on forever.”

It has yet to be seen if the Obama administration will follow Ambassador Gompertz’s lead and call for a ban on importing old cars into the United States. But if the EPA’s recent move to regulate all water including mud puddles is any indication, it will only be a matter of time.

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