Automobiles and Pollution
Automobiles and Pollution
In years past, levels of air, noise, and sight pollution were much lower than they are today. There are more cars on the road today, and because of this we experience higher levels of pollution than before. The automobile is probably the leading contributor pollution in our cities. They release toxic emissions into our atmosphere. Automobiles are linked particularly to carbon monoxide pollution. They are noisy (especially if you are living near the highway), and they take up valuable space in the form of vast parking lots that are unpleasing to the eye. Why are there more automobiles on the road today than there was in the past? Understanding the answer to this question is important when trying to propose an effective solution to the increasing levels of pollution that we are experiencing. Our current levels of high pollution are the result of an increased number of vehicles on the road.
There are several factors that have caused the increase in the number of cars that we have on our roads today. First, and most obvious, is the fact that our population has been growing over time and continues to grow exponentially, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. We have more cars on our roads today for the simple fact that there are more people living in our country.
There are a greater percentage of drivers on our roads today as well as a larger population in general. I say this for the following reason. Our standard of living is relatively high, compared to other countries. Our per capita income is high enough for many of our citizens to be able to buy cars. This means that more people will continue to drive their single occupancy vehicles downtown to work or school, polluting all …
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