Government Incentives to Electric Vehicle Producers and Purchasers

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The looming dangers of climate change have garnered considerable attention from the scientific community in recent years. Researchers from extremely diverse backgrounds have begun to look at the causes and potential effects of climate change from biological, economic, and countless other perspectives. The climate change debate has shifted considerably in recent years, as well. While disagreement about the existence of climate change was much more common several decades ago, most established contemporary scientists agree on its existence today (“Fifth Assessment Report Technical Summary”, 2014). Furthermore, the notion that climate change is nonexistent is widely considered an outright denial of reality, as the current dialogue in the…show more content…
A particularly vigorous debate within the topic of sustainability involves the automobile and its future. Compared to other sources of environmental degradation, the automobile is relatively young. That said, automobiles powered by internal combustion engines (ICEs) are one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gasses. The automobile’s proliferation, while not complete across all levels of income, is extremely thorough in geographic terms.
The automobile has literally and figuratively accelerated the speed of the cross-border transactions which largely define the present globalizing world. It has profoundly expanded access to goods and services around the world, but also expanded the scope and intensity of war, as the armies of the 20th century brought destruction upon one another with ever greater speed. To varying degrees, the automobile is integrated into the economic, social, and even cultural reality of every state. Many people around the world are dependent upon cars for personal transportation, as well as the products they carry to their localities. As such, engineers, businesses, and policy makers are attempting to make automobile into a sustainable method of transportation. The automobile powered by fossil fuels is like the current state of transportation in general: fundamentally unsustainable (Black 2010, 3-5; Paterson

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