Do we need to care about emissions standards? (by Caleb Jeanniton)

[ By on May 15, 2017 ]

The frightening rate at which our planet is heating due to global warming has left nations and policy makers scrambling for ways to combat it. The famous “Hockey Stick” graph highlights the sharp increase in the average Northern Hemispheric temperatures starting in 1961. An estimated 5.5 million people die each year due to ailments associated with air pollution, according to a 2016 study. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently proposed a policy revision that prohibits the conversion of road cars into racing cars, noting that this revision “would improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution to reduce the impacts of climate change, while bolstering energy security and spurring manufacturing innovation.” As a car enthusiast, this policy revision at first frustrated me, but then I came to understand the foresighted nature of such a policy. Once I came to this understanding, I wondered if we as a society are doing enough to limit the amount of carbon emissions that our vehicles dispense into the atmosphere. The question that arises from conflict is the following: Do we have a duty to protect our environment and citizens from the effects of climate change or is it simply a modest responsibility?

 

Articles to consider:

Carbuzz: The EPA Just Killed All of Your Racing Dreams

EPA: Emissions Regulations for Recreational Vehicles

EPA: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Efficiency Standards

Time:  Air Pollution Deaths

Reuters:  Trump Review of Emissions Standards

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:  IPCC report

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2 Comments on “Do we need to care about emissions standards? (by Caleb Jeanniton)”

  1. KNF

    I think this is a really great issue to pick out because of its global effects, and how it pertains to everyone. I think it would pretty cool to hear an argument from someone who loves cars as much as you. I think you would bring a perspective to this important issue that not a lot of people could. I think you would have to talk about the rising electronic car industry and how that will play a roll in our carbon consumption. Financially, these cars are not always an option for an average citizen. perhaps its time for a breakthrough so electric cars can be available to the average person. I completely agree that this is an issue of life and death, especially when you look at places like Beijing in China with its thick heavy smog, and how that affects the lives of its citizens. I think this is a great ethical dilemma and would be excited to read your final result.

  2. KNF

    Kelley Nicholson-Flynn

    [ May 16, 2017 at 4:42 pm ]

    This is an interesting topic and begs the question … who is the moral agent (the driver, the policy makers, the manufacturers)? Also, what is the value of entertainment? Can we objectively measure that?

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