The Elimination of Fossil Fuel in China, Is It Possible?
by gagnonpamela on November 2, 2013 - 11:59pm
In The harsh realities of electric vehicles in China written by Michael Vaughan on Globe and Mail, the author demonstrates the rareness of the nice weather in China because of the pollution and smog in the air. It is mostly because of the abusive use of cars producing pollution from the carburant. There are a lot of people living in China which means that more cars are used and there is even more traffic. China is trying to do the Five Year Plan to change from fossil fuel to electric energy for the cars. Unfortunately, there are some problems to electric energy including the fact that it is very expensive compared to fossil fuel. It requires more money and is more trouble to create hydro and electric cars than just using what we use for the most part of the population nowadays. There are also the issues that electric cars lose energy faster than fossil fuel cars. China tried to find solutions to the pollution problem like forbidding more than a certain number of cars on the road per day although it is not easy to control this perfectly. The Chinese government has in mind that in a few years he will slowly be able to upgrade the electric-powered cars and more people will be using those, but the chances of that happening are very low at this point. The government does invest in electric cars, but since it is 30% more expensive than gasoline cars, the government has fewer tendencies to put as much effort to combine all his energy in this project. Some people might say that China is the future for electric cars but in fact there was no increase of demands in China. If the government wants to change the pollution in the air of China, he has to find a way to make electric cars a possible use of the majority of the population.
I think that people do not try to care enough for the environment. I always see people using the car for very short distances when they could just walk. People do not realise that even though creating hydro cars or electric cars is expensive, it might save our lives for a couple more years on earth than continuing the pollution with gasoline-powered cars. Is money really more important than our health? Of course, pollution and smog is bad for our health and also for the environment. I am aware that it is not a piece of cake to just change the use of fossil fuel for electric power, but government should absolutely find solutions fast for this. I agree that the Five Year Plan is good for this and also removing 20% of the cars on the road every day is a good short term solution but I still find that it removes the freedom of the people in China which is not good. They should find a long term solution.