Essay about Automobile Usage Of The Automobile Industry

838 Words Oct 6th, 2015 4 Pages
In 1903, Henry Ford established the first automobile company in the United States, the Ford Motor Company, and five years later the company rolled out the first Model T. Today, according to Select.USA.gov the U.S. has one of the largest automotive markets in the world and is home to 13 auto makers. An average of 8 million passenger vehicles were produced annually from 2008 to 2012 (selectusa.commerce.gov)”. Automobile usage is increasing in the USA exponentially. According to LA Times (2014) there are 253 million cars and trucks on the road.
“In many ways, the automobile epitomizes the environmental challenge of today. It is a large consumer of a critical and limited fossil energy re- source; in many countries it is the largest contributor to man-made greenhouse gas emissions and brings large amounts of lead into contact with people; it is the prime cause of urban smog; it is noisy and contrib- utes to congested cities; and its manufacture produces an array of emis- sions, including those from the mining and production of steel and the painting of auto bodies. In spite of great strides in the technical perfor- mance of individual vehicles, many problems remain” (Fine, Lafrance & Hillebrand, 1996).

Environmental impacts from the use of automobiles have centered on emissions, clean air regulations, climate change and fuel economy are the biggest challenges facing the American auto industry. Among the most troubling externalities of the automotive industry is the release…

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