An Aerial View on Automobiles

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In 1913 Henry Ford first introduced to America a conveyor belt-based assembly line at Highland Park Ford Plant Factory, located in Michigan. The Highland Park Ford Plant Factory was a production plant for Ford Motor Company, formed in 1903. The assembly line benefited the company and modified worker’s productivity by reducing production costs and reducing assembly time. For example, “Ford’s famous Model T was assembled in ninety-three minutes” (The History of the Automobile). The assembly line boosted America’s economy, when Ford Motor Company lowered the price of the Model T it was made more affordable to most Americans. Today, automobiles are easily accessible to everyone, anywhere. Most Americans can drive, take a bus, call a taxi, or car-pool with friends. Typically caught up in their daily activities, the thought of conservation slips out of mind. As a result of automobiles, air pollution, human health, and automobile accidents have been negatively affected.
According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than half of the air pollution in the nation is caused by mobile sources, primarily automobiles. The ozone layer on the earth is in the upper atmosphere and helps protect life on earth from the sun’s strong ultraviolet rays. Although in the stratosphere the ozone is a protective shield, it is a harmful pollutant at ground level and depleted by human activity. The authorities of EPA further state that, “substances that contribute to ozone depletion usually have high concentrations of chlorine or bromine atoms and include chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, halons, methyl bromide, carbon tetrachloride and methyl chloroform.” Previously unaware of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and ot...

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