The amount of pollution and personal vehicles

To begin with, I feel that many people have become disinterested in the amount of pollution that their personal vehicles create.  It is a well-known fact that automobiles are one of the biggest sources of deadly greenhouse gases, which lead to global warming.  However, it seems that many people simply do not care about how much pollution they create by driving their cars.  For example, my uncle drives an extremely large sport utility vehicle to work every day, even though he commutes alone.   His vehicle is terribly energy inefficient and he ought to use public transportation or at least carpool on his way to work.  When I asked him why he continues to drive such a harmful vehicle he responded that while he is aware of how much gas it uses he does not care because of how happy he feels driving an expensive car.  This example demonstrates, I feel, how neglectful many members of modern society have become as a result of their dependence on automobiles. Furthermore, our current obsession with automobiles has resulted in neglected and ineffective public transportation systems in cities all over the world.  As a result of people, like my uncle, becoming obsessed with their personal vehicles, governments have felt justified in failing to develop bus and rail networks in their urban centres.  My city, Dnipropetrovs’k, is a good example of this.

In conclusion, I strongly believe that people in modern society are too dependent on automobiles.  This is because our love of cars has contributed to global warming and because it has resulted in under-funded and poorly developed public transportation systems in major cities.

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