Climate change, this little phenomenon of greenhouse gases trapping heat that causes things like annual hurricanes, droughts, floods and more. Many people are aware of this and are trying to halt or fix this problem before a great calamity occurs. One of the most important ways to stop this is by reducing car emissions. So, how shall we cut CO2 emission in cars? By changing to renewable resources, like having EV’s! They are a small stepping stone, I know, but in this crisis that we live in, any stone, no matter how small is precious to the Earth.
There are many reasons why America should convert to EV’s and the most crucial is to, well save the environment. This is because America is one of the world’s biggest polluters and each car it its land emits about 4 tons of CO2 every year. And the transportation industry produces about one third of all carbon emissions. So, why are EV’s good? Well they produce 75% less CO2 emissions than the average gas car. But, in places where electricity is created by coal ala Kentucky, a electric car will create more pollution due to the increased use of electricity, which means coal being burned. Not good. But in places like Washington, where 75% of its energy is hydroelectric, electric cars are a great option, because the electricity is clean, it promotes usage of dams which creates new jobs, which leads to…
EV’s are good for the economy and saves you money. The US manufacturing industry accounts for 11.6 million jobs, with car manufacturing contains 700,000 jobs. Investing in EV’s will create more jobs for the cars and boost the economy, which means more tax money spent on education, infrastructure, healthcare etc. Electric cars can save your money too. Sure the initial price is expensive, twice the cost of a gas car. But the cost of fuel for an electric car is 2 cents, while for gas the cost for gasoline is $2-$3 per gallon. Also, the price for electricity in cars has fallen down from $3.85 per 100 miles!! So, I say those who can afford it should invest in EV’s. Electric cars can cuts down on the barrels, too.
America loses dependence on foreign oil. We import about 9.4 million barrels everyday. Also, American taxpayers paid about 67-83 billion a year on troops to stabilize countries where it gets its oil. So, investing in EV’s will mean less money spent on sending troops, which means more tax money spent on education, infrastructure, healthcare etc. Also, many of those countries have grudges against the US, so it protects national security, but we might need to heal our relation with them so this plan can work out.
Now, I know there are many downsides to EV’s like initial cost and fear of being stranded far from a fuel station But these are small compared to the solutions. Like how the richer states, who tend to be environmentally friendly, should aid its less gilded cousins, with these issues and then The United States should lead the world to be friendly to the earth and everything about it. I care for the planet, do you?