The electric and hybrid cars… the healthy way forward

by Alexandre on February 10, 2017 - 12:00pm

“The drive for clean air” was published by O’Toole Randal during the fall of 2001. This article shows how cars pollute in such a degree, that it can create multiple health problems, reduction of visibility, acid rain and even global warming! Not all is lost as the United States did make some changes. In the past 30 years, the government dramatically decreased air pollution from cars by regulating them. Some strategies to reduce the amount of driving people did nothing but harm. One of these strategies consisted in augmenting congestion. Not only did the amount of driving people not decrease, it even created more pollution. Cars pollute more in a stop and go traffic. North America took the matter at hands but not completely.

“The allure of technology: How France and California promoted electric and hybrid vehicles to reduce urban air pollution” by Calef, David; Goble, Robert; March 2007. This article explains how France and California took a step forward towards lowering air pollution from cars. They encouraged technological innovations and even adopted a legislation for cleaner vehicle: hybrid and electric cars. California in particular had the media and the population to move together and actively be affected by the regulation. Sadly, the oil company contested the regulations in courts and the public. France had a minimal public support and so, the development of new cars were poor compared to California. In the end, California had a lot of success compared to France because of the public support. We need to stop air pollution from cars and improve our technology in a healthy way. We need to move together, as one.

The way we should be involved in fixing the problem is by forcing all teachers to teach the students about air pollution. It is important to teach the youth as they are the ones that will shape the future depending on what they were taught.

 

“The allure of technology: How France and California promoted electric and hybrid vehicles to reduce urban air pollution” by Calef, David; Goble, Robert; March 2007.

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“The drive for clean air” by O’Toole Randal; fall 2001. http://search.proquest.com/pqrl/docview/235135556/76622EC5238A4F79PQ/3?accountid=9991

Comments

I found your topic really interesting because I am sort of a car enthusiast and i like cars a lot. I find that you brought up a good topic to discuss about. it really is a fascinating thing with the electric car thing. A thing I find you can improve on is paragraph your information better and put more detail into what you are trying to summarize. I did not know that in the past 30 years, the government dramatically decreased air pollution from cars by regulating them. Some strategies to reduce the amount of driving people did nothing but harm.

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You have done a fantastic job at identifying one of the world's largest environmental issues. I did not know that in the past thirty years, the government dramatically decreased air pollution from cars by regulating them, and I found it very comforting to learn that the issue is not being pushed aside.

There are different ways one might construct a moral system. The most efficient way to go about constructing a moral system concerning petroleum versus electrical and hybrid cars would be to analyze the dilemma through deontology and teleology.

Teleology involves the "summon bonum," which signifies the greatest for humanity, or the greatest good for the greatest number of people. An alteration in having the majority of people driving electrical cars rather than petroleum cars would be a huge step forward for humanity towards a cleaner and safer environment. Therefore, according to teleology, the outcome of such a change would propose the right doing due to the fact that Earth would be a cleaner place for all of us.

Due to the fact that deontology is defined through universal maxims, or rules, such an approach would not be efficient. Although air pollution from cars was significantly decreased by the government, people are not obliged to buy electronic cars. Therefore, a consumer buying a petroleum car may be acting morally by following the rules, but he or she is ultimately contributing to the problem.

By proposing a solution to the problem that involves teachers teaching students about air pollution would categorize itself under teleology, as it would make them aware of the issue, which would motivate them to take steps towards fixing the issue by maybe buying an electronic car when the time comes. Ultimately contributing to the greatest good for the greatest number. Teleology is the most efficient moral system to use when thinking about petroleum and electronic cars.