Oregon announced its ban on the sale of brand-new gasoline-powered vehicles on Monday, December 19. By 2035, they plan to outlaw all gasoline-powered vehicles. All new cars sold in Oregon must be classified as zero-emissions vehicles, including completely electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids that run on both electricity and fuel. Although banning gas-powered cars may seem beneficial, it may be worse for the planet in the long run. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) estimates it could cost up to $3 billion dollars by 2040 for manufacturers to comply with the new rule.
Does this help our planet?
The Democratic party believes that this change will help save the planet. Banning 100% gas-powered cars will help the planet in many ways but may not be as feasible or easily implemented as once believed. How will it change our planet? Well, transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon according to the DEQ. About 40% of the state’s total emissions are produced by cars which are believed to be a main contributor to climate change. Using only electric and hybrid cars could help the earth’s air be less polluted. By lowering hazardous air pollution, the Clean Cars II Rule will improve the health of Oregon residents and the state overall both physically and monetarily. Also, with decreased fuel consumption and greenhouse emissions, the state benefits up to $6 billion. Lastly, according to DEQ estimates, carbon dioxide emissions, which are the main cause of global warming, may be reduced by more than 50 million metric tons by 2040. The Democratic party does make valid points, but will this really help the planet in the long run?
It is convenient to believe and preach that electric cars are more sustainable and can help the climate change issue, but is that true? Electric vehicles might not release emissions through exhaust pipes like gasoline-powered cars, but they spend significant amounts of carbon dioxide throughout their manufacturing and charging cycles and require several elements that must be mined from the Earth. When the entire manufacturing cycle is considered, the environmental costs of electric vehicles may be even higher than those of internal combustion engines. So not only do we lose money, but the Earth will also be affected when mining the elements manufacturers need in order to make the battery used in electric vehicles. This will eventually bring us back to square one if we continue with the ban on gas-powered cars.
Watch Global Warning and discover both sides of the climate change debate, just like there are two sides to this electric car debate. The film will uncover the truth about climate change, and discuss the false narrative around the topic that society has continued to push.
Written By: Ariana Solorio, The GCMG Agency, Social Media Coordinator