President Donald Trump smiles during an event in the East Room of the White House, April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Swedish Transport Agency denied a request for a "TRUMP" vanity license plate in a nod to President Donald Trump, citing the agency's rules against plates featuring political commentary.

According to Swedish newspaper The Aftonbladet, the man who applied for the plate, Marcus Saaf, said he “was drunk and thought it was fun to apply,” noting that his car is American made.

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Car buying may soon be a thing of the past, especially among millennials. This may be welcome news to anyone who’s had to pay for major auto repairs!

Though more than 90 percent of households still own one vehicle, millennials (loosely defined as those born in the early 1980s through the late 1990s), many of whom prefer living in city environments, are increasingly eschewing the hassles of parking, maintenance and depreciation in favor of Lyft and Uber, or car-sharing programs like ReachNow or Car2Go.

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Traffic on highway at Avenida in S?o Paulo. (Getty Images)

Despite recent technological developments in electric, hybrid and autonomous vehicles, many cities are opting to clear their roadways of automobiles to make way for alternative forms of transportation. While increasing pedestrian, cycling and public transportation routes does reduce pollution, it also creates a more convenient, pleasant way to travel through a city center than sitting in grid-locked traffic.

Conquering pollution by limiting emissions

According to World Health Organization statistics, approximately three million deaths each year are connected to air pollution, a large percentage of that stemming from car exhaust. As a result of this public health risk, many cities are focusing their efforts on reducing or eliminating gas or diesel cars from the streets. Leading the way in this effort is Oxford, whose plan will create a zero-emissions zone in the city’s center by 2020. Paris will follow with a gas and diesel ban in 2030. Tokyo has already banned all diesel cars, with London scheduled for 2020 and Copenhagen one year earlier, beginning in 2019.

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[DIGEST: WSJ, Forbes, Telegraph, Business Insider, Wired, NYT, Futurism]

The Trump administration cut 23 key environmental protections rules in its first 100 days in office and is reopening a review of fuel-efficiency standards for autos, a first step in lowering vehicle efficiency standards and increasing consumer dependence on oil. Meanwhile, activities at Tesla labs may soon send gas-powered cars the way of the covered wagon. This small but mighty electric automaker is rapidly growing and setting new standards for efficiency, power, and low emissions. This summer, a game-changing new release could transform the auto industry, and eventually the entire power grid.

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