Today cars burn off gasoline (or diesel) that gives off harmful chemicals, but tomorrow vehicles may be running off of alternative resources. Scientist and engineers across the globe are furthering studies to make alternative fuels a thing of tomorrow. Some such alternative fuels include biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, hydrogen, propane, and natural gas. All of which have some promising pros.
Not only are those chemicals emitted buy vehicles harmful to humans, but they are also hurting the environment. Gasoline is nonrenewable resource. Nonrenewable meaning once it is gone there is no more. First off, what makes gasoline nonrenewable is how is made. Gasoline comes from crude oil, which in turn comes from oil reservoirs. Oil reservoirs are located across the world. Most of the time the oil is extracted from these reservoirs from drilling, which can be offshore or inland.
Where does most of the oil pollution in the oceans come from? Most would answer from oil spillages such as the most recent BP’s but actually it happens naturally. Crude oil reservoirs natural seep oil into the ocean. This oil, naturally emitted, hurts wildlife such as fish and birds, and not to mention, marsh grass and other plants. When oil gets onto a bird it makes its feathers stick to itself and causes this bird to not be able to fly, which in turn it is not able to retrieve its own food, which will lead to its death. Just another reason gasoline is bad.
Also when gasoline is burned it releases gases into the atmosphere that causes harmful things to happen. Years back, when muscle cars where popular, a common way of suicide was to park a car in a garage and let the gasoline burning car idle until the brain passes out and dies because of the pollutants emitted buy the car. Another reason gasoline is bad. It can kill people.
One alternative fuel source is electricity. Electricity is produce from many green sources such as wind power and flowing water (yes the stream next door can produce electricity). Plug in cars draw power from an electrical source whether that is an outlet at home or a public charging station at home or a spot that an employer allows employees to use. The car then takes that electricity and charges batteries on board, much like an average golf cart.
Electric cars are also not susceptible to rising cost of gasoline. As gas prices rises electric car owners are only seeing a higher electricity bill because of charging their cars. Gasoline may become more expensive due to the United States relying on political unstable countries for petroleum.
One deterrent of electric cars are their price. The shiny new gas powered car may be cheaper at first but the electric car is much more cost efficient when it comes to the long run due to rising gas prices and the impact on nature. That shiny new gasoline powered car is the cheap way to hurt the environment and the budget.
Another alternative fuel is biodiesel. Biodiesel is a naturally produced diesel. Produced...