Ban the Production of Fossil-Fuel Powered Cars in Australia

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As of January 2017, there are almost nineteen million registered vehicles in Australia - subsequently securing their position as the third-largest source of green house gas emissions. With our country ranked as one of the top twenty producers of carbon output, it is evident that something needs to be done, and with the vast amount of technology in the renewable energy sector, why not begin with cars?

While Australia has at last begun to embrace solar panels for structural powerage, we have made little progress in transitioning from outdated fossil-fueled vehicles to renewable energy alternatives such as electric or hybrid models. Countries such as France, the UK, and China have already begun the process of banning both the production and sale of fossil-fuelled cars. According to Bloomberg, the Chinese vice-minister of the Industry and Information Technology has already begun introducing tax breaks for new buyers and has planned approximately 100,000 new charging stations in 2017 alone. The movement is a wake-up call for Australia. With Federal support, the country can implement similar measures to reduce the effects of climate change. In essence, the Australian Government should consider initiatives such as:

  • Finalizing a timetable for ending the production and sale of petrol-powered cars
  • Introducing tax breaks and other incentives for new buyers
  • Building charging stations in Australian cities and along major routes
  • Funding an advertisement campaign for hybrid and electric cars

With Australia's vast resources and endless potential, our country has the ability to become one of the foremost innovators in renewable energy, not just in the solar industry, but in the vehicle sector as well.

Sources:

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/09/china-wants-to-ban-sales-and-production-of-fossil-fuel-powered-cars/

https://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/science-and-impacts/science/each-countrys-share-of-co2.html#.Wjb_N9-WbIU

https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/transport-emissions-and-climate-solutions

https://www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au/pages/Information/VehicleEmissions



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