16 Aug '11, 9pm

Cars and the environment | Environmental Defense Fund: Our challenge is to find solutions to make those cars and...

Cars and trucks are nearly everywhere. In the United States, there are more automobiles than there are licensed drivers to drive them. Altogether, the planet is home to more than a billion vehicles of all sorts and experts predict that by 2020 there will be more than two billion, of which half will be automobiles. Smog, carbon pollution and oil dependence These cars and trucks, as helpful as they are in moving people and cargo, also create a range of environmental challenges. In the United States, on-road vehicles contribute about a third of the country’s smog-producing air pollution. The transportation sector is responsible for approximately 27 percent of America’s greenhouse gas emissions. It is also a leading cause of America’s dependence on oil and consumes about 70 percent of the oil we use in this country. More than half of that is consumed by cars and trucks. Threat...

Full article: http://www.edf.org/transportation/cars-and-environment

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