By: ALFRED MORGAN
The Industrial Revolution brought on countless life-improving inventions such as the water wheel, electricity, and one of the most famous inventions of the era: automobiles. Cars have been powered by gasoline for centuries and only until recently have they transferred into being powered by electricity. However, recently greenhouse gas emissions have risen exponentially, causing an immense amount of damage to environments, the ozone layer, and the planet itself. As gasoline car emissions are a major contributor to global warming, California governor Gavin Newsom has signed an order to ban the sale of new gas cars by 2035.
Cars and transportation in general making a terrible impact on the planet isn’t unheard of. In fact, it is a common piece of knowledge. However, a lot of people don’t know the true and full impact of it on the environment. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, transportation takes up a whopping 28.2% of annual greenhouse gas emissions.
In recent years many companies have made electric cars that produce minimal outputs on the environment. Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, BMW, and many more have started the production of electric cars. The most popular brand making these cars is Tesla. Tesla has been blowing up over the years with their company market capitalization value going from $3.5 billion in 2012 to $345 billion in 2020. Tesla is sure to lead the road to a solely electric car future.
This controversial decision has some promise in it. This is one of the first true efforts made by the government to improve the quality of Earth, our home. This could potentially be an example that other states and maybe even countries will follow which could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a huge margin. This decision could also set a path for other car companies that solely produce gas-powered cars to move into electricity-powered cars.