Alternative Fuels

Alternative Fuels - Dwindling Days of a Gas Guzzler 1:...

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Dwindling Days of a Gas Guzzler 1 : Submission to Emissions Over the course of a year and a half, oil prices have risen roughly twenty-seven dollars and in turn have caused gas prices to climb steadily as well . With a vehicle- dependent society such as ours, gas prices play a major role in the modern American’s expenditures . Corporate car poolers and soccer moms are afflicted daily, burning three dollar gas in their vehicles . In order to get to work in a car pool there has to be ample seating, and to bring home your children and their friends there needs to be extra seating and plenty of room . Americans in these categories turn to the time-tested Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), friend of the bustling American . The SUV has the size, room, and safety to get to work, or bring the kids home, but at a price . Meant as a do everything vehicle, the SUV drains pocket books, pollutes, and holds the highest rollover rate 2 . SUVs boast the highest yearly gas price average of any mid-size vehicles . Ending the long history of SUVs is not the answer to fuel cost problems . This growing concern has rapidly brought thoughts of alternative fuel sources to mainstream America . Alternative fuels are the cure for the gas guzzling illness SUVs have spread . American’s will be willing to make a fuel crossover as long as they can keep their practical and functional SUV . The premise behind alternative fuels is efficiency and cleaner burning fuels . Alternative fuels have the ability to reduce emissions therefore aiding the environment . 1 Alliteration 2 Appeal to emotion 1
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With fuels such as Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquid Natural Gas (LNG), Hydrogen, bio-diesel, and ethanol at the forefront of alternative fuels, the future for a change is possible . Many countries have begun setting standards for a decrease in greenhouse emissions thanks in part to the Kyoto Protocol . The Kyoto Protocol is a United Nations agreement with the goal of globally reducing greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide and methane by five percent . With the introduction of new fuels and greenhouse gas emission remedies there is: “An anticipated reduction of more than 500 million metric tons of carbon equivalent greenhouse gases per year by 2040—an amount equivalent to what the U .S. released from transportation in 2001” (Heiman) 3 . The Kyoto Protocol calls for the standards set before the committee to be met by the signing countries by 2012 . Countries apart of the agreement vowed to lower emissions from various types of combustion engines, one of which being vehicles . Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFV) will have an impact on this decrease, the carbon dioxide emissions displaced by an ethanol vehicle are near nothing (Heath) . Ethanol has become the first advertised change for alternative fuels , and is made from fermentable plants the most successful of which is corn Other grains have been tested and proven capable of becoming fuel but lack the efficiency of ethanol (Heath)
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGLISH 123 taught by Professor Finlayson during the Fall '08 term at Rhodes.

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