Environmental Challenges Facing The American Auto Industry

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ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES FACING THE AMERICAN AUTO INDUSTRY The American automotive industry has expanded since uprising in the early 1900s. “Americans dominated the industry in the first half of the twentieth century, although Germany and France perfected the blueprint for the modern automobile. Henry Ford initiated mass production techniques that became standard, with Ford, General motors and Chrysler emerging as the ‘Big Three’ auto companies by the 1920s (Foner & Garraty 1991).” The automotive industry has always been among the leading industries for environmental aspects and hazards around the world, in the United States especially. These issues include; global completion, new technology for powering the product, the effect…show more content…
Nonetheless, the remaining 7% accounts for 42,000 tons of lead release into the environment. Complicating the problem is the fact that automobile recyclers and dismantlers may fail remove and properly handle lead batteries from rejected vehicles. This could be the result of insufficient enforcement or information deficiencies that accompany language barriers or lack of guidance. (Andre Bland, n.d., para. 3). “Companies like Broadcom are focused on the underlying technologies that improve the drivers experience so that the technology just works easing the minds of car owners and manufacturers alike. Companies like Google which has been experimenting with self driving cars, have sparked consumers’ imaginations around the concept of the connected car.” (Ellen Healy, July 23, 2012). “Vehicle emissions contribute to the formation of smog. ‘Nitrogen Oxide’ and ‘volatile organic compounds’ in vehicle emissions can react to form ‘ground level ozone’; this is a secondary pollutant in the lower atmosphere, where its formation can be enhance by other pollutants , and its highly toxic at levels above 0.1 parts per million (p.p.m). A number of studies have shown that pollutant exposures near major roadways are greater than for other areas in cities. Other studies have linked increased exposure to an increased prevalence of a wide variety of illnesses including asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia and heart disease. Nitrogen oxide can irritate airways,
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