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The survey found that 1/3 of people without cars planned to buy one in the next six months, and 45% of those respondents were Millennials.
Why This Matters: The 2008 financial crisis left Millennials with less income to purchase single-occupancy vehicles which coincided with their more sustainable purchasing habits relative to other generations. And now, a new crisis is forcing this generation to rethink the balance of public health, convenience, and affordability.
As public transit faces a ridership crisis, lawmakers must think quickly about how to ensure that transit can be a safe alternative while incentivizing those who insist on driving to purchase electric and hybrid vehicles.
Long-term Effects: Because of COVID fears and social distancing standards, people are opting to rely on ridesharing and public transport much less than before the pandemic. Instead, people are turning to personal cars, motorcycles, bikes, e-bikes, and scooters to meet their transportation needs. Young consumers are even pushing carmakers to offer a subscription-based car model.
This trend, if sustained, could help make vehicle emissions goals around the world more difficult to meet.
The British government banned the sale of new internal combustion engine cars in 2035, which the majority of drivers supported.
Norway has pledged to have all passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, and urban buses to be zero-emission in the next five years.
However, this shift towards car ownership may not last long — in urban areas, rising delays and congestion may force some to go back to public transportation to travel faster once the pandemic is over. Time will tell.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer In the United States, there’s a growing need to scale up high-speed broadband and clean energy infrastructure. A new housing initiative in New York City will take on both with a single project: setting buildings up for solar power, then using the energy cost savings to bring high-speed internet […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer This week, Poland announced it will close the coal-fired Belchatow power plant by the end of 2036. The country’s national energy group opted not to develop an open-pit coal mine to power the plant after deciding it would not make financial sense. The decision comes as Poland’s Lodz region […]
Thousands of protesters gathered near the headwaters of the Mississippi River from around the country, including actresses Jane Fonda and Patricia Arquette, in an attempt to disrupt the construction of a major pipeline through northern Minnesota, the Duluth Tribune reported.
Why This Matters: The Line 3 pipeline, at a cost of $4B, will carry hundreds of thousands of barrels of dirty Canadian tar-sands oil through the U.S. across at least 200 bodies of water and sensitive watersheds.
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