Fossil Fuels Danger!

The city of Chicago has grown into a metropolis city over the last few decades (esp. after recovering from the Great Fire). One of the many environmental factors that impact our city and contributes to public health issues is air pollution due to fossil fuels.

For those who do not know, fossil fuels include oil, natural gas, coal, and crude oil.

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The problem is that majority of the population knows that air pollution won’t care or do anything until there are noticeable effects show up in our daily lives. For example, Chicago vs. China.

Chicago (below)

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China (below)

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To solve this matter, there is a list of things we can do:

  • Replace technology that uses any type of gas with things that run on electricity.
  • There are other resources like wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal.
  • Power grids are the way to go.
  • Conserve energy.
  • Choose environmental friendly sources/items/products.
  • Use alternative ways to traveling instead of driving.

Ideally, the best course of action is to switch to solar power or something along those lines but that’s impossible. Theoretically, if this was to happen (somehow or someway) it would still at least take more than 100 years to convert everything to solar power especially with the current state of technology.

If this plan was to somehow magically work out within the next (about 50 years or less) then it could help our environment by so much. There would be cleaner and more efficient air, allowing us to free our hands and work on other major problems that will harm our environment/planet.

The government should use its role and power to advocate for a greener environment, promote incentives that will get people to save energy, or just take action. Instead of wasting our resources and time away on wars that should’ve never happened or should’ve ended years ago, the government should prioritize going for a greener environment (which will benefit us better in a long run).

Sources:

https://us130urbansustainability.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/thekeytotacklingclimatechangeelectrifyeverything-_vox_9-25-16.pdf

http://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/air/tsb/ams/aqmdp/share.htm

 

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6 thoughts on “Fossil Fuels Danger!

  1. I agree with you that there needs to be a reduction in the consumption of fossil fuels. In the United states. In The United States Environmental Protection Agency is an agency of the Federal government, which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. The EPA has Funding of $8 billion dollars and employed over 15,000 people nation wide. Unfortunately under the Trump admission, the EPA will see a drastic funding cuts from $8 billion to,” $1 billion and reduce the 15,000-person workforce to about 5,000 nationwide”( Utility Drive, 2017). This will only benefit the non environment sector and will prevent the promotion of greener environment.

    http://www.utilitydive.com/news/reports-trump-budget-proposal-would-slash-epa-funding/436950/

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  2. I agree with you pointing out that there needs to be a reduction of using fossil fuels. I like how you included some factors that we can use to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.

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  3. I completely agree with you. I wish you could have elaborated a bit more on what actions the government should take. However I do agree that it is our responsibility to take action and improve our ways of living, while also it is the governments responsibility to take action on creating stricter policies on major corporations and the public so that we stop harming the environment. Overall this idea of transitioning from fossil fuels to using renewable resources, I think it is do-able, however it also requires a lot personal commitment. I also think the government has lacked recognition of these issues so it’s definitely something that needs to be taken seriously.

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  4. Fossil fuel is a problem around the world. I feel like there should be limits on how much of fossil fuel can be used. Fossil fuel causes a lot of air pollution. it can cause a lot of health problems. Also, reusable resources like solar panels and wind turbines cost a lot of money and needs educating to get people to change their ways.

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    • I agree with your comment on limiting fossil fuels and i like how you say there should be limits on how much fossil fuel can be used because this makes me thing of Mexico City.Mexico city is a mega city and their government limits their drivers. So depending on what your license plate number is depends on the days you can drive. I think implementing this regulation in China would benefit their health especially because it is heavily industrialized.

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  5. I believe one of the main issues Chicago faces when it comes to fossil fuel usage, is the transportation problem of commuters driving along the highway everyday. The highways are bumper to bumper and just sit there pumping CO2 into the air. If we were able to find a solution to this it would be so beneficial to our carbon footprint. There are so many barriers for a reform in this transportation system I find it hard to even imagine but it definitely is possible. One other barrier I see is the amount of electricity Chicago uses on a day to day basis. Solar power would definitely help and make this city a lot cleaner. There is a lot of potential for Chicago, but for there to be change we need to think of solutions and utilize our voices among the Chicago government, and policy makers.

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