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Better Health in a World Without Automobiles

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“To convey from one place to another…” is how the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines transportation (761). For as long as humans have existed on Earth, transportation has been necessary in one form or another. Be it riding a large mammal or cruising at an altitude of 32,000 feet, people have been moving for generations. Throughout the years, advancements in transportation have been consistent. The invention of the wheel was substantial in progressing methods of agriculture and exploration. The steam engine did wonders for industry. And the glorious automobile arrived into the welcoming hands of hard working Americans. But, think for a moment, if there were no cars. The planet would be in better condition if automobiles did not exist. People would experience a decrease in adverse health effects and the environment would not be facing as dire of a future as it currently is.

In 2009, data from the U.S. Department of Energy showed there were 828 vehicles for every 1000 people living in the United States. It also showed that in 1909, there were only 3.45 vehicles per 1000 people (3-5). This significant increase is largely due to high demand by Americans wanting the ease and flexibility of owning their own automobile. There are many benefits to owning a vehicle. Having the freedom to come and go according to one’s individual schedule seems more ideal than following a generalized public schedule and having to wait for others. Daily tasks are less complicated when using a car. Many average Americans might have extreme difficulty giving up their own cars for alternative methods of transportation. George, for example, is an average American who uses his vehicle daily. He drives to his job Monday through Friday. He dri...

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...makes decisions that collectively impact the world, and it is becoming increasingly important that people make different decisions. People should start acclimating to a world without automobiles, before the luxury of automobiles is forcibly taken away.

Works Cited

Mish, Frederick C. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 2004 edition: 767. Print.

Davis, Stacy C., Susan W. Diegel, and Robert G. Boundy. “Transportation Energy Data Book: Edition 30.” Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy. 3.5. Web.

Southern Methodist University. "Mental health providers should prescribe exercise more often for depression, anxiety, research suggests." Science Daily. 2010. Web.

Environmental Protection Agency. “Ozone and Your Health.” 2011. Web.

Glaeser, Edward. “Engines of Innovation.” Scientific American September 2011: 54. Print.
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