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The automobile must die
It was assumed that Germany would become the country in which the first working model would be created to solve the problems related to global warming. In 2007, the government announced that by 2020 it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent. It was a bold, aggressive goal in a good sense, which, according to scientists, should become a defining one for all developed countries. If Germany could have achieved this goal, it would be possible for the rest.
To date, Germany has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 27.7 percent, which is an amazing achievement for a country with a highly developed manufacturing sector. However, as Bloomberg News
"At a time when they set their own goals, they were very ambitious," said Patricia Espinosa, a Bloomberg official representative of the United Nations Climate Change. "It happened so that the industry, especially the automotive industry, had not changed the way they expected."
Changes in how we provide energy to our homes and businesses are of great importance. But, as experience of Germany shows, the only way to combat global warming and reduce emissions is to replace or radically change a car with an internal combustion engine and associated with it lifestyle. The question remains though how to do that.
In other words, the energy sector produces most of the greenhouse gases in general. But, according to NASA, it also produces so many sulfates and cooling aerosols that the cumulative impact becomes less than that of the automotive industry.
Since then, the developed countries have reduced the emission of cooling aerosols in order to combat regular air pollution. This probably led to an increase in climate pollution caused by the electricity industry. But, according to the
In fact, transport is currently the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, and it has been going on for two years, according to
A similar picture has developed in Germany. According to Reuters, in the past year, greenhouse gas emissions in the country declined as a whole, "mainly due to the closure of coal-fired power plants." Meanwhile, emissions in the transport industry have grown by 2.3 percent, "as the number of car owners has increased, and the rapidly developing economy contributed to the appearance of heavier vehicles on the road." The Germany's transport sector remains
It is obvious that the electric power industry is changing. So why don't automakers follow the example?
According to the Americans, Germany can look like a paradise for public transport. But the country has also a thriving car culture that began more than a hundred years ago and has only grown since then. After Japan and the United States, Germany is the third largest automotive manufacturer in the world: home to BMW, Audi, Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen. These brands and the economic prosperity that they brought to the country, form the cultural and political identity of Germany. "There is no other more important industry," said Arndt Ellinghorst,
A similar phenomenon also exists in the United States, where gas veils symbolize almost all aspects of American pride: wealth, the ability to express themselves and personal freedom. Freedom, in particular, "is not a subject of sale, which can be easily removed," Edward Humes wrote in the Atlantic in 2016. "This is a reliable vehicle, always on the spot, always ready to work not according to schedule, but according to the desires of its owner. Buses cannot do that. Trains can't do that either. Even Uber makes its passengers wait.
It is this cultural love for cars - and the political influence of the automotive industry - that has hindered the public pressure necessary to provoke large-scale changes in many developed countries. But these barriers are said to be non existent. How can the developed countries guide their car policies to address climate change?
To achieve the target of automobile emissions in Germany, "half of the people who now only use their cars, will have to switch to bicycles, public transport or joint trips," said Henry Stressenreiter, a mobility strategy adviser from Berlin to Christian Schwägerl, the correspondent of
One could accept more modest investments in infrastructure if governments demanded that automakers make their fleets more economical, thereby burning less fuel. The problem is that most automakers are trying to meet these requirements by developing electric vehicles. If these cars are charged with electricity at a coal-fired power plant, they create "more emissions than a car that burns gasoline,"
At some point, the US has made good progress toward some of these changes. In 2012, the administration of President Barack Obama implemented the rules that require automakers to almost double the fuel economy for cars by 2025. But the Trump administration announced
Modern cars that they want to keep, and how we use them, are far from being the great ones. Of course, there is a climate impact: trillions of expected economic damage from extreme weather and sea level rise, caused partially by our exhaust pipes. But 53,000