Everyday Americans get dressed to go to work, school, the store, or to take their kids to school, or even baseball practice. The quickest way possible to do all this is to drive a car, and in order for the car to run you need gasoline. Gasoline is made from oil which the American Government buys directly from overseas and then turns it into gas to sell it to the American people. It sounds simple right? To tell you the truth though, it’s anything but simple. Gas has always been a problem, mainly the prices of gas and it being harmful to the environment. There have always been speculations that there has been an alternative resource for quite some time now. So why hasn’t anything been done about it? The answer is simple: gasoline is the one of the Government’s biggest profit makers.
Provided that most of the world’s oil reservoirs are overseas in the Middle East, the U.S has to get our oil from them through OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), which consists of 12 countries that manufacture and sell oil to different countries all over the world, including the United States. The system of the United States Government buying and selling oil has been the same for years. What they do is buy oil from overseas, turn it into gasoline, then put a price on it with tax to sell it to the American people. There has always been speculation that there are other resources that could fuel cars and people would never have to pay for gas. If there were such things, most likely no one outside the Government will ever know about it.
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Furthermore, the prices of gas have an even higher effect on Americans struggling to make ends meet. If a single mother with kids living paycheck to paycheck has to put gas 50 dollars worth of gas in her car every few days, how will she provide for her kids? The Government doesn’t think about things like that, to them it’s all about the money they stand to make off these poor people. This could be a huge psychological factor for a parent in this position. It could lead to a number of problems such as: the parent leaving their kids to Child Services, or even worse, the parent committing suicide. It’s not totally unusual for this to happen because if a parent can’t do as much as take care of their kid, it will make them feel completely worthless. If cars ran on solar energy, which they probably could, people wouldn’t have to worry about paying for gas. Instead there would probably be a solar panel on the car that could be powered by the sun and it wouldn’t cost a dime to make it run.
Another problem gasoline causes is air pollution. When gas is being used for a car, it is basically being spit out into the air through the car’s exhaust pipe. These harmful chemicals have a huge impact on the atmosphere. The atmosphere is a complex dynamic natural gaseous system that is needed to support life on planet Earth, and when polluted can be a huge threat to human and animal life. Millions of people every year have health issues relating to or directly from air pollution, and although gasoline doesn’t cause all of the pollution in the world, it sure doesn’t help it any. Air pollution has been a problem for a long time now and there have been many attempts to stop it, but the only thing that hasn’t been done is for them to switch to an alternative resource to fuel a car, which would make a huge impact in the decline of air pollution.
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In conclusion, the main thing American’s are concerned for in today’s world is money, and the plain and simple fact is that gas is a big money maker for the Government. With that in mind, will there ever be an alternative resource? Will there ever be a time when the American people don’t have to spend all of their hard earned money on gas? It’s hard to imagine a world with no gasoline, but it sure would be nice.