Cars and pollution
Experts say that one of the indicators of the economy has to do with the number of car registrations. In Spain, this grew by 9.1% last May in relation to the same month of 2016, which means that confidence in the stability of employment has increased. As a result, citizens feel empowered to take on new spending, even though in many cities the municipal authorities have tried to restrict traffic because of pollution. Something to which we will have to get used to waiting for the city councils to seriously consider increasing public transport. A priority that, as an alternative to private vehicles, is not in the process of being solved despite its importance.
Today, the car is a necessity. For many it is an essential tool to go to work. Hence, this type of vehicle-tool is known by the name of utilitarian. A name that indicates that it is not a high-end, luxury car, but quite the opposite, economic and small, as was the legendary Seat 600, whose launch is now sixty years. The six hundred changed the lives of millions of Spanish families and represented a before and after in the national development index.
Despite the warnings of global warming, which these days we live as direct experience as a result of the very high temperatures, it is very difficult to think about dispensing with the car, knowing that it is a pollutant. Certain that less harmful electric vehicles have begun to be commercialized, but for many their performances are not convincing and most prefer those that run on gasoline. At this point the car is something like the extension of our own house, a domestic environment that offers us mobile windows while public account of what is called social status and often is directly proportional to the purchasing power of everyone . Therefore, certain brands, regardless of their quality, seduce for the prestige they give.
For those who trust everything to the appearances and one of them is the ostentation
it does not seem the same to go through life in a utility vehicle than to own a car of the so-called premium or similar brands, although this is all they have in their possession. For some, driving a high-end car is continuously exhibiting the sumptuousness of a hotel of super luxury compared to those who are riding in a more than discreet hostel room. Although the world can be so wide and alien from either of the two rooms.
Before the crisis, when the banks gave loans so that the dreams of their clients were mounted on four wheels and boasting became a trademark of corrupt politicians and businessmen, in the parking lots of certain restaurants Porsches, Lamborghinis or Ferraris were exhibited Testarossa The rivalry of the power of the owners of such beautiful machines was more than evident. Today such a contest would not be well seen. Sometimes we see some luxurious limousines strolling through our streets, that kind of horizontal skyscrapers, with beds, champagne and ladies rent incorporated, in addition to two or three televisions, but they are not private property but companies, which rent for parties graduation or bachelor parties, as in the US, where the fleet is infinite.
In America, if we except in the big cities, public transport is scarce, in many places without a car you are worse than an invalid, you are dead. Walking is impossible to get to work, the bank or the supermarket. On the other hand, without getting out of the car, you can do everything or almost everything: take money from ATMs, eat at a restaurant, go to the movies, attend certain religious services and even get married.
Obama had among his plans to recover the railroad, much less polluting than the car.
But such an attempt does not seem to please his successor. To Trump the issue of pollution brings him to the fresh air. Climate change does not go with their business plans and in their opinion has nothing to do with that America First that is their motto. His desire is that America stop importing cars from the East and the North American automobile industry becomes hegemonic. It will not be a problem if the indigenous cars pollute more than those imported and put to waste megalomania – Make America Great Again-, a guess that will be huge, as much or more than we used to see in the American films of the fifties and sixties .
As for us, on the one hand, welcome is the news of the increase of vehicles registered last May. Also, if my sources do not fail, our car industry produces almost two and a half million cars, a high percentage destined for export. Some optimistic data that should be rejoiced, without losing sight, of course, of the need to marry them with the urgent need to stop pollution.