Will Natural Gas Be the End of the Automobile Industry? | Automotive Training Centre
August 10, 2012
For most of us, the majority of the people we know wouldn’t be able to get through their day without a car. If you think about it, we’re just one small city in one province of one country within the entire world. Imagine all of us plus every single other driver in the world. That’s a lot of cars…and even more gas.
But why is gas such a problem for the environment? Three words: greenhouse gas emissions. GHG emissions cause thermal radiation, which traps heat into our atmosphere (hence the term “greenhouse”). When heat gets trapped in, our air quality diminishes, which spoils everything from the soil our crops grow out of to the clouds that give us rain. Bad soil means bad food, and dirty clouds mean dirty water. Our planet’s resources are all interrelated, so we have to make sure that we are taking care of every aspect in order to maintain a clean environmental cycle.
So, does this mean that the only way to bring GHG emissions down is to get rid of cars? Of course not! A lot of people think that environmentalists want people to completely cut cars out from their lives, but this just isn’t true. The solution to GHG emissions is not to stop using cars, but to start using cars better.
The solution? Natural gas. Here are some quick facts about GHG and natural gas:
- Transportation causes close to 30% of Canada’s total GHG emissions.
- If a truck were to switch from diesel to natural gas, the reduction of its GHG emissions would equal to removing 325 cars.
- Natural gas is 25-40% less expensive than gasoline or diesel
- Natural gas produces 25% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than
- British Columbia is the second-largest producer of natural gas producer in Canada.
So what does this mean for cars, and more importantly, what does this mean for students in an automotive training program?
Ultimately, people will gradually switch over to natural-gas vehicles (NGVs) as the technology enhances and the availability increases. Just last month, the B.C. Ministry confirmed the Greenhouse Gas Reduction regulation, which will propel the manufacturing of NGVs. This, combined with the government of British Columbia’s recent allocation of $104.5 million in incentives will definitely help expand the overall growth of natural gas.
What do you think about the switch to natural gas? Is it a good idea? Let us know what you think!
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