With each passing month, there is indisputable scientific evidence that the earth’s climate is rapidly changing. Is it cyclical as some contend, or is it a permanent trend, produced by man’s action?” Let’s examine, at least the auto emission pollution.
First, it’s been reported the global average surface temperatures have increased one degree Fahrenheit since the beginning of the 20th century. The report indicates the five hottest years on record have all occurred in the last decade. And it seems scientists agree that human activities have contributed to the cause. They say as we burn fossil fuels to drive our cars and power our homes, that we add excess carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases and particulates in the atmosphere. So why not put science to the test?
North Carolina folk are smarter than the average bear. So do this. Try standing behind your car for three minutes while the engine is running and see if you can breathe without stress. Then, multiply that experience by a meta-data factor of 1 billion because it’s been reported the world’s car population surpassed one billion last year.
According to the world renowned Ward’s Auto Report, the global number of cars exceeded 1.015 billion in 2012. That’s a jump from 980 million the year before. Not surprisingly, China led the way in vehicle growth.
China is the world’s 2nd largest car population with 97 million vehicles on the road. But the United States still constitutes by far the largest vehicle population in the world, with 249.8 million cars.
Did you know that China would have to increase the number of cars on its roads nearly sixteen-fold to equal the number of cars in the U.S. on a per capita basis? Ward's reported there are 1.3 people for every car in the U.S., while in China there are 6.75 people per vehicle. Therefore, if China were to have as many cars per capita as the U.S. (and it will soon) its fleet alone would amount to approximately one billion cars.
By the year 2050 (an out year that probably won’t affect the reader of this article but will affect some lovely grand-daughter or toddler in your house), the number of cars worldwide will reach over 2.5 billion.
Anybody have a gas mask to squirrel away?
Mr. Dawsey is retired from the Federal Government. He served 40-years in three career fields: Financial, Aerospace engineering, and Special Program Management. He lives in Salemburg and is the author of five books, his last is Mazzaroth: 12 Signs.