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Should people switch to electric cars for the environment? Show more Show less

The environment has been breaking down over the years and only recently have we tried to stop it. One of the biggest problems is the waning ozone layer. The ozone layer keeps the earth at a safe temperature and provides it with the perfect atmosphere for life. One of the substances that breaks down the ozone layer is carbon monoxide, which usually come from cars. Electric cars are presented as a possible solution to this. But are electric cars the first step to an improved environment? Or are they an inflated idea with more problems than solutions?

No, people should not switch to electric cars Show more Show less

Although electric cars seem like the revolutionary product to end environmental issues, it’s not worth the cost and effort.
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Electricity requires fossil fuels

Fossil fuels are the biggest sources of fuel in the world. They power vehicles, which are needed for transportation. They also power electricity.
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Context

The Argument

Although electric cars don’t directly consume fossil fuels, they consume it indirectly. Electricity comes from the processing of fossil fuels in power plants.[1] Having electric cars will increase the need for electricity, which means more fossil fuels will be burned. In the United Kingdom it’s estimated that in 15 years, one electric car will increase the need for electricity by 3%.[2] Since there’s fossil fuels still being used, electric cars shouldn’t replace regular cars.

Counter arguments

Although electricity is made by the burning of fossil fuels, moving the concentration of fossil fuels will fix a part of the problem. If electric cars don’t produce carbon emissions, then scientists can focus on how to replace fossil fuel burning plants. It’s best to just eliminate fossil fuel burning cars as soon as possible.

Framing

Premises

[P1] Electric cars indirectly consume fossil fuels. [P2] Electricity is made from power plants, which use fossil fuels. [P3] In 15 years, electric cars will increase the need for electricity by 3% in the UK. [P4] Electric cars shouldn’t replace regular cars.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P4] Electricity could be instead sourced from eco-friendly sources, rather than fossil fuel.

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Further Reading

References

  1. https://sciencing.com/how-electricity-made-4623242.html
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/26/national-grid-fossil-fuel-vehicle-ban-electric-cars-is-there-enough-electricity-

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