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Transportation Issues and Global Warming

Posted on the 01 December 2011 by T_mackinnon @tedmackinnon

The transportation industry has become a major issue that needs to be addressed with regards to the abundant of vehicles that we have on our roads all contributing greenhouse gas emissions. Gasoline based automobiles are a major contributor to global warming, actually the second largest contribute. As society becomes more aware and more willing to change and adapt we begin to see new types of vehicles that are more efficient, run on new types of different cleaner fuels.

Hybrid based engines are now promoted by many as a great way to prevent global warming. In fact we often see many celebrities that prefer the Toyota Prius, a popular hybrid car over most American brand of vehicles. Hybrid cars help by providing better gas mileage and reducing the harmful emissions that lead to global warming because

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the car can run off both gasoline and electric power. Some rental car companies also offer hybrid vehicles to their customers as an alternative choice.

Other technologies for future automobiles include fuel cell based vehicles. Fuel cells change hydrogen and oxygen compounds into electricity witch it uses to run the vehicle. This technology is already used by some organizations, and although it is not yet as popular as Hybrid based vehicles, it will also help ease global warming in the future. Alternate fuels are another method being explored such as Ethanol, alcohol, and bio-diesel. These alternate fuels can be made from a wide variety of sources including vegetable oils such as soybean and corn oils and even animal by products.

Most have us are aware that there are other alternatives and ways to help reduce factors that cause Global Warming but we all have to do our part to enact including the transportation industry.

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