Why lower speedlimits are needed now

As Russian fascism and the Russian invasion of Ukraine is an international issue, I’ll switch to writing in English…

So the question is:

  • If we do stop buying oil and gas and coal from Russia, why is a speed limit important?
  • If we use electric cars, why is it important?

First of all: many countries, including Germany and Switzerland, are still buying a lot of gas and oil and coal from Russia. Tbis needs to be stopped. If there is not enough gas in Germany: blame Angela Merkel for her totally failed energy and transport policy. Put her on trial for treason. But don’t try to fix this mistake by adding another mistake, which is much worse by still financing Putin’s terror war and genocide plans by buying more oil and gas.

So, if oil and gas and coal were no longer imported from Russia: why would we still have to use less energy? The energy market is world wide. And there are capacity limits. If we buy a lot of oil and gas from non-Russian suppliers, countries who care less about Russia’s aggression will buy more from Russia at higher prices.

As for electric cars: They are a major additional energy consumer. And additional electrical power is coming mostly from gas and coal power plants. So even for electric cars it is good to use less energy.

Now a speed limit of 100 km/h as absolute maximum would help. This does not hurt much, it does not cost much. But it immediately reduces the amount of gas and oil needed for the transport sector. Maybe it is a „small“ contribution. But people are dying in Ukraine because of our oil and gas imports. So car fans can stop their hobby of racing on the motorways. Btw. less people will die on the roads, as a benefit. An important side effect is that other means of transport become more attractive in terms of travel times, so less cars will be used.

So my suggestion to all European countries:

  • Introduce a speed limit of 100 km/h on all roads that still do not have a speed limit
  • Lower the speed linmit on all roads that now have a speed limit of 110, 120, 130 or 140 to 100 km/h
  • Lower the speed limit of two lane highways that are now allowed for 100 km/h or 90 km/h to 80 km/h
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