Chicago has been plagued by heavy air pollution for a long time. Since around the 70s, more laws and regulations have been passed to help reduce emissions and keep the air clean. This has worked for many years, especially with the advancements in technology. The current nationwide trend is decreasing air pollution across the board. However, recently air pollution, especially ozone, have increased and are becoming more problematic for the health of Chicagoans. According to the 2016 state of the air report, Chicago increased from 30 to 42 orange ozone days, and six to ten red ozone days from 2015-2016.
I believe the best course of action would be passing laws to weed out gas guzzling vehicles and soon enough become electric only. Electric cars have a bright future. They are not the solution, but definitely part of it. One immediate effect of switching to electric vehicles would be an enormous reduction in emissions. Many people drive to the city from the suburbs and from the city to the suburbs five or six days a week just for work. Reducing these emissions is just one step toward healthier air for all of Chicago. There’s a lot more we can do, and it all really boils down to energy. How we get our energy is important. If we switch to electric cars, but we don’t convert our energy production to renewables, then we aren’t making near as much progress as we need. Everyone is affected by this proposal, not just people who own or will own cars. Air quality matters to everyone because we all have to breathe. However, way we get our energy may seem distant to some people, but they should be aware, it greatly affects them and their health just as much.
This plan would not only help clean the air, but it would be beneficial to everyone. For one, we would no longer have to worry about gas prices. Maintenance would be much less intense and far easier across the board. Imagine not having to worry about getting an oil change anymore.