To the editor:
As I look at cars around our neighborhood I see a much better place compared to when I was a young person in the 1960s. There are more cars, but they are running much cleaner and quieter. I remember back in 1975 when catalytic converters were just beginning to make an appearance. Most folks were reluctant to accept them. They were expensive and had scary emission-related components. I look back now and see that emission requirements have resulted in much cleaner running vehicles.
Although vehicles continue to improve, they continue to use petroleum for fuel. This scares me. I am pretty sure petroleum won’t last forever. As petroleum becomes harder to find and harder to get out of the ground, it will become more expensive. Acquiring petroleum has become an environmental disaster. We need to stop doing this to our world. I wonder what fuel will be next for transportation.
I strongly suspect we will have a lot more all-electric vehicles in the near future. This is a paradigm shift for all of us, and our mechanics. We are only starting to get accustomed to gas/electric hybrid vehicles, and all-electric vehicles are beginning to line up behind them in the marketplace. As batteries are significantly improved, electric cars will become more usable and more affordable. However, this change is huge, and will be difficult for most of us. We have gotten very comfortable with gasoline powered cars. Buying my first electric car will be pretty scary, but I will do it. I will do it because I believe that it is the better choice for our environment, and for our world.
There are many things all of us can do to take better care of our world. Many of them are as easy as changing the type of light bulbs we use to LED bulbs and/or opting for renewable electric energy. Some of them are as scary as changing the type of car we drive to electric. We are all challenged to do a better job of taking care of our world, God’s creation. Let’s do it.