Joseph B. White, in the Wall Street Journal, suggests that there will be one billion cars on the planet by 2020. That’s 25% more cars than we have today. It’s also one car for every 6.5 people in the world. On one hand, it is very good news for the auto makers, especially the American giants which need the promise of continued market growth to help them with their financial woes. On the other hand, that many vehicles will further heighten the congestion nightmares that already bring some cities virtually to a halt every day, and contribute to that speculative myth they call global warming. Unless technology changes, it will also heighten our demand on petroleum products.
The more cars there are, the more dead and discarded cars there are. This is a real problem for governments to ponder. The European Parliament has been the most aggressive on this front. They have demanded that car makers find ways to recycle 95% of the weight of vehicles by 2015.