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Greenpeace's 'Fred And Wilma Flintstone' Busted In Brussels

By KJ Mullins     May 28, 2008 in Environment
Six Greenpeace activists dressed up as cavemen and traveled to the European Parliament in a Flintstone-style car on Monday to protest the influence of the auto industry and proposals to curb carbon dioxide emissions from cars.
They never made it, nabbed by police for public order offenses.
The "Flintstones" had with them a stone tablet accusing car lobbyists of being a mjor force of climate change. The goal was to give the tablet to lawmakers. That tablet was confiscated by the police who arrested the group.
This week European Parliament is set to start the debate process of legislation that will force CO2 emissions from autos to be reduced. The plan will see manufacturers who don't comply with the law fined.
Lawmakers have considered reducing those fines and phasing in the laws more slowly than originally scheduled. Lobbyists from European carmakers are behind this move to reduce the fines because they can't compete internationally if the new rules go into effect. With Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-Benz being heavy hitters in the German economy, Germany is backing the car industry over the environmental improvements.
Our activists and their zero-emission vehicle are raising the alarm about the influence this dinosaur industry exercises over EU climate policy," Greenpeace transport campaigner Melanie Francis said.
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