The Harmful Effects of a Gasoline Powered Car

Since the creation of the automobile followed by the invention of the gasoline-powered automobile in 1886, traveling has been made easier, cheaper, and more reliable. Today, the majority of the world uses the same type of car as the ones used in the past, gasoline powered. However, in new inventions come new drawbacks; one disadvantage of gasoline-powered automobiles is that it releases gasses that create a greenhouse effect in the atmosphere. The greenhouse effect occurs when gasoline car emissions “trap the heat of the sun like a blanket and warms the planet”, thus not allowing the earth to cool down. Other types of vehicles have been made that are not as harmful to the environment but are expensive such as any of the Tesla Models. Engines that are powered by gasoline emit gasses such as carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, and much more that hurt the ozone layer. Gasoline-powered car emissions account for around one-fourth of the of the nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbon emissions in the United States.

Another harmful factor of the gasoline-powered engine is they release deadly gasses that come from gasoline-powered cars, benzene, which is a toxic gas, also known as a carcinogen, can affect daily health. While this effect may not occur instantly, long-term exposure to this gas can increase the chance of cancer. Gasoline-powered cars release this gas and account for 85% of the amount of benzene in America. Making a person dizzy and impairing their central nervous system, carbon monoxide is another deadly gas emitted by these cars. 50% of Carbon Monoxide count in America can be given credit to cars that are powered by gasoline. Smog is created when Hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides react in the presence of sunlight to form ground-level ozone. While smog is hard to see from the ground the effects can be seen in many people, especially people in highly populated cities like Los Angeles. Photochemical smog can irritate the eyes and throat. These three gasses that are given off by gas powered cars can create health effects in citizens. Electric powered cars would be an ideal solution to the health and environmental problems.

Electric engines have many benefits like lowering the effects of greenhouse gasses and determinants to health. The change is not only costly but may not be a quick and easy change. Many questions can be asked: Where will all of the gasoline cars go? Who will fund this change? How much will it cost? Will the government help us? These are some questions that can be answered when the general population starts to decide they need to initiate a change, and when the government can create a plan that allows citizens can exchange their old cars and get a gasoline powered one.

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