The best way to solve the world’s environmental problems is to increase the cost of fuel. Do you agree or disagree?
Addressing environmental problems has long been of paramount importance to the sustainable development of society. While not disavowing to the view that raising the price of fuel may help combat the problem of global warming, I contend that this policy is far from being the best remedy for the deterioration of the environment in general.
I concede that making fuel more expensive is one way to slow down the increase in the overall temperature of the atmosphere. This policy may discourage both individuals and businesses from overconsuming fuel, thus diminishing the amount of traffic and industrial emissions, which constitutes a considerable source of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and CFCs. It is widely believed that these gases trap heat in the atmosphere and cause global warming to occur. As a result, I agree that increasing fuel prices is a sensible measure to adopt.
I would, on the other hand, argue that the aforementioned measure must not be considered the exclusive approach to environmental problems. This is because it has little effect on various environmental degradation issues other than global warming, namely deforestation and overfishing. To be specific, higher fuel prices could not prevent biological resources from being overexploited for furniture and food processing industries. From my perspective, environmental problems can be better resolved through two actions. The first is mass-producing domestic and industrial equipment using environmentally-friendly technology, including solar cells and electric motor engines, which produce no carbon emissions. The second is imposing stringent laws on the conservation and recovery of natural resources, which may help mitigate a wide range of environmental problems, such as the depletion of forest and marine resources.
In conclusion, while acknowledging the environmental benefits of increasing the cost of fuel, I would claim that this is not the best way to ease the problem of environmental deterioration. There are more effective solutions to address environmental problems at large, such as applying green technology to the mass production of various kinds of equipment for both household and industrial use.
334 words, written by Tu Pham
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