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The automobile has become a very important part of todays society It is a necessity to own or to have access to a car in order to keep up with all of the competition of the business world and also ones social demands Most people would not be able to travel around a country or the world without this incredible machine for it provides freedom and mobility even for people who do not own a car Unfortunately the car has a very destructive nature Automobiles make a major contribution to air and noise pollution the depletion of fossil fuels and the abnormalities in children and adults due to lead poisoning Although our economy currently defends on gasoline- powered cars it is my belief that the use of gas-powered automobiles must be limited because of air pollution natural resources and lead poisoning First of all and most importantly automobiles are harmful to our environment By definition automobiles run on gasoline which is a mixture derived from petroleum Gasoline contains hundreds of different hydrocarbons or compounds containing the chemical elements carbon and hydrogen Gasoline When the gas is burned in the engine of the car several byproducts result These exhausts include hydrocarbons and oxides of three elements Carbon nitrogen and sulfur Emissions Tiny amounts of poisonous trace elements such as lead cadmium and nickel also are present Everything contained in the exhaust affects the environment intensely Auto engine exhaust contributes about fifty percent of todays atmospheric pollution and in highly populated and industrialized cities air pollution consists of up to 80 car exhaust Because of all of the gasoline-powered cars on the road the earths outermost protective shell the ozone layer is being destroyed The ozone layer gu ards against among other things global warming and skin cancer If it is annihilated the whole planet including the human race will be erased along with it This is one reason gasoline powered automobiles should be limited Another
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