Ban the Production of Fossil-Fuel Powered Cars in Australia

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As of January 2017, there were almost nineteen million vehicles in Australia, subsequently securing our position as the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. With our country ranked as one of the top producers of carbon output, it is clear 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has at last begun to embrace solar panels for structural powerage, we have made little progress in transitioning from outdated fossil-fueled vehicles to renewable energy alternatives, such as electric or hybrid models.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 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 the car sale industry and new buyers.
  • Building charging stations in Australian cities and along major routes
  • Funding an advertisement campaign for hybrid and electric cars to 

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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