6 Mar 2014

Give Green Cars a Chance

Shing Hong Lin writes:*

There are many things that we can do to help our environment. To start, we must recognize earth is a common property for all of us. Without regulating the greenhouse gases that are produced by our technology, there will be increasing trend of global warming, which will lead to devastating consequences. A picture (to right) shows what may potentially occur in the event of global warming. An effective option to help our environment is to switch from conventional fuel powered cars to green cars based on three reasons: the idling emissions, the environmental impact of gas stations, and the feasibility of reducing green car prices.

Firstly, Idling emits a lot of unnecessary greenhouse gases. According to the government of Canada, "if Canadian motorists avoided idling for just three minutes every day of the year, greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by 1.4 million annually”. Most green cars are equipped with start-stop technology, which will prevent this sort of situation.

Secondly, the refuelling process of gas stations have a big impact on the environment. The process of transporting fuel generates a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions. In contrast, ev charge stations draw electricity from the power grid, which is usually from renewable energy and emits less greenhouse gases.

Thirdly, with enough support for green car development, the overall cost will be reduced due to economies of scale. An additional advantage for enlarging the market of green cars will likely result in a faster pace of green car technology development since they will have more funds to research and develop.

Bottom Line: We have the responsibility and power to protect our environment. One effective option is to switch from conventional fuel powered cars to green cars and by doing so it will help reduce a lot of greenhouse gas emission.

* These guest posts are from students in my resource economics class at Simon Fraser University. Please leave feedback on their logic, ideas and style and suggestions of how to improve.