Out with the new, in with the old…
There’s a lot of conflicting argument about cars and their effect on the environment. People who hold strong views naturally look for evidence that backs up their own beliefs, ignoring anything that might contradict. Depending on which side of the fence you sit on, statistics can be used creatively to make almost any argument seem plausible, so let’s forget about the numbers for now and just look at one simple truth: There is no such thing as an environmentally friendly car!
Yes, there may be certain cars that are less damaging to the environment than others once they’re actually on the road, but all new motor vehicles have to be made from elements that are extracted from the earth, they have to be constructed in vast factories that were once green spaces and then they have to be shipped around the world at great expense to be driven on ever wider roads that have to be built to accommodate them. Environmentally conscious Prius drivers are still harming the planet.
So what’s the answer? Well it looks like even the environmentalists are not yet prepared to abandon their cars, instead claiming that the way forward is to build more and more electric vehicles, but if people plan to change their cars every few years, then we will continue to build newer ones at an ever increasing rate. Using more and more natural resources to create a generation of cars that use less resources doesn’t seem to make that much sense.