Tempo 130 on the motorway: symbolism does not help the climate

You don’t have to be a clairvoyant to expect Climate policy will play a central role in the coalition negotiations for the new federal government. What can we motorists expect? The signaling effect emanating from transport policy could have a disadvantage. It far exceeds the potential for CO2 savings.
Many topics polarize: the promotion of e-cars, motorway and road construction, CO2 price for fuel, speed limits in town and country – all controversial topics. A concise example: Speed ​​130 signs for all motorway routes without a speed limit would be cheap, quickly printed and set up. But are they saving the climate? No. Tempo 130 would have symbolic power, but the The effect would be manageable.

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Regarding the numbers: Road traffic causes 26 percent of the CO2Emissions, 62 percent of which blow cars and motorcycles out, so 16 percent of the greenhouse gas. But according to a recent survey, only two to four percent of motorway drivers drive faster than 160. Fast drivers are a marginal phenomenon, fall CO2– in terms of weight, hardly any. Do we now urgently need Tempo 130? I think: no. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t want to say this ideologically, I’m not categorically against it. There is just a lot to suggest that Tempo 130 is not enough, that seems clear to me. The battle for the climate is won elsewhere: industry should rely on hydrogen, get out of coal, and more wind farms are needed. Especially here is stirring regional resistance everywhere.

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My belief is: If the traffic turnaround goes right, then it will be fine! Dear new coalitionists: Do not overdo the curtailment of traffic, but get through the decisive industrial issues that really affect the climate! And please don’t fight the battle for the climate on the autobahn.

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