A prospective new law requiring every new car to meet strict emissions standards will soon become a nation wide campaign to reduce air pollution. Some day, might younger generations not have to learn about “brown clouds”? It is a respectable goal. New laws regarding air pollution standards will obviously yield positive effects.
California broke the ice with their ambitious auto emissions laws, and sparked an engine in major auto manufacturers. Soon after the law’s introduction, a minimal number of all-electric vehicles were introduced. Unfortunately, low sales extinguished the concept. No wonder: Battery-powered cars run out of juice quickly, take a long time to recharge, and their energy packs – which don’t last long enough – are expensive. However, this was a large step in the right direction. Years of research and development later, Honda and Toyota introduced a new type of ultra-low-emission-vehicles. Known as a ULEV, this new type of car was dubbed a “hybrid” (Lovins, 3). Hybrid vehicles, which never need to be plugged into anything, are emerging as a more sensible way to get out of the internal-combustion rut. A typical hybrid’s engine consists of a small gasoline engine linked to a compact direct-current electric motor, accomplishing an astonishing seventy miles to the gallon. All of these new cars may be attributed to the new pollution laws.
Another newborn to conscientious consumers is low or non-polluting house appliances. Most models are not on the market yet, but soon will be. Such brands producing these new appliances will be GE, Kenmore, and Fridgidare. To reward environmentally friendly houses, some politicians are pushing for laws to be passed that give tax breaks to conscientious consumers. The exact figure of a tax break is yet to be determined. After the new law’s passing, consumers may expect many pollution efficient changes in this area.
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