Although global warming has been an ever-pressing issue for decades, many people still do not change their lifestyles in order to accommodate the health of our atmosphere. Vehicle exhaust emission is not only one of the major contributing factors to global warming, it is a factor that each person can easily act to reduce. As can be seen in the table provided by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics the amount of fuel consumed, miles traveled per vehicle, and the average miles traveled per vehicle have all increased dramatically since 1950 <http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/html/table_04_09.html>
This proves that Americans simply are not paying attention to the detrimental effects of their actions on the environment! It is common knowledge that nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide emissions from vehicles is a major contributor to global warming, so what actions are necessary to get Americans to stop polluting the air so much? Several initiatives have been taken already, such as the Clean Energy- Environment State Partnership, which promotes and encourages the use of clean energy consumption at an affordable cost to consumers <http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/policy/neartermghgreduction.html>. No matter how productive this organization may be within itself, however, it is voluntary, and therefore many people will never be exposed to it nor will they participate. Therefore, I propose that the federal government enforce laws that require the construction of sidewalks and pathways in all major towns and cities in the US. This legislature would be effective because it would facilitate an alternative mode of transportation that would be safe for the environment <http://www.italladdsup.gov/drivers/alternative.asp> I understand that this would not eliminate the threat of exhaust emissions to the air, after all, vehicles have become almost a necessity in American society. I do believe, however, that if the option was available and easy to do, people would choose an alternate form of transportation for everyday trips. I believe that together, we can take a step towards a cleaner earth.