believe that the implementation of hybrid or fuel cell vehicles into
the automotive market, aided by the introduction of the hybrid SUV,
can be very successful and will help diminish the detrimental environmental
impact of automobile pollutants. The production and improvement of
hybrid vehicles should be supported and sped up to come closer to
an ultimate solution to the gross pollution of inefficient gasoline
engines. I believe that the further development of hybrid SUVs and
other highly popular vehicles normally utilizing gasoline engines
hold a very promising future.
moved around a lot as a child and grew up in various places, mostly
rural farms and occasionally suburban homes. As of recently I have
lived out my teenage years in an urban housing development, and attended
a rather large high school. Being that a large portion of my growing
up was done on large expanses of farmland with only my family and
4 siblings without the influences of cable TV; I had many values instilled
in me by my parents.
merging into the busy city life; I was able to take the values and
beliefs given to me early on and interpret them based on my experiences
later in life. Being that I grew up in rural areas always surrounded
by pristine expanses of farmland, I didn't often see the negative
impact of modernization on wildlife and nature. This could possibly
influence my perspective on this issue, being that I don't have a
very strong view opposing such inefficient and pollutant vehicles.
I still see the wildlife and land as I remember it and often overlook
the impact of modernization on nature and wildlife.
years ago when I live on a vast plot of farmland in Nebraska I was
subject to another form of the incursion of humans into natures domain.
One of the sibling co-owners of the property we were renting had contracted
4 years of work to a logging company. This gave them access to the
several hundred acres of wilderness as they pleased for 4 years. I
watched as time went by the destruction they incurred, I watched the
trees disappear above the cliff face seen from our house. I walked
the many logging roads constructed throughout the property, and was
forced to listen to the loud logging trucks passing by. This experience
has given me a greater appreciation and respect for nature and the
resources that we use and often abuse.
am a big fan of off-roading and driving around town. I drive a hefty
truck with a large engine with fairly low efficiency at 15 miles per
gallon. I don't benefit directly from a crossover of the vehicle market
to hybrid or fuel cell. If regulations were put into place further
restricting gas mileages I would be S.O.L. as far as enjoying my truck
and off-roading. Although I would be very saddened to have to give
up my truck and the possibility of owning other powerful hulking vehicles
in the future, I know that it would be for a good reason.
education has fluctuated between home school and public schooling.
This variation in schooling has given me a different perspective and
view of issue than the typical K through 12 public schooler. Due to
close proximity to nature and farmland of my past homes, I have a
certain appreciation for the wilderness. I see it as something to
be valued and enjoyed. With something like global warming and pollution
via automobiles threatening that existence I am quite concerned and
have a desire to seek out solutions to the problem.