Question 1 Are environmentalists right to be concerned about the environmental impact of SUVs? How do you explain the demand for ever larger passenger vehicles? Will higher gas prices change that? Yes. According to utilitarianism theory, we should always act to produce the greatest possible balance of good over bad for everyone affected by our action. Thus there will be majority and minority exists by using this theory. In this case study, the user of environment will be the majority and on the other hand, the owners of SUV and SUV’s producers will be the minority. As we are living in a same planet, anything happen or pollute the environment, all of the human will be inheriting it. Therefore, the environmentalists will be support by the public. On the other hand, the environmentalist may be wrong. According to egoism, an act is morally right if it best promotes, an individual’s self-interest for the group of owners of SUV and SUV’s producers having SUV’s exist is part of their interest. Explain the demand for ever large passenger.
-Use to fetch the high amount of family members. -Work requirement. -A team of psycho Higher gas price may change it(to low demand of SUV). 1) Are environmentalists right to be concerned about the environmental impact of SUVs? How do you explain the growing demand for ever larger passenger vehicles? I think environmentalists are right to be concerned about the environmental impact of SUVs, because, for example, the Ford Excursion emits a lot of carbon dioxide which can add into the cause of global warming compared to using a lighter car with the same interior room. Toxic chemicals emitted into the air can threaten plant and animal species in the short and long run. The market demand for bigger SUVs is or was rising. People like to travel in big cars for comfort and relative safety. Also, maybe they like to be “king of the road.” Many people are not very aware of the impact that these SUVs have on our environment. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why there is still high demand for SUVs, even though the gas prices are high and rose very high.
Question 2 In developing and producing the Excursion, was the Ford Motor Company sacrificing the environment to profits, or was it acting in a socially responsible way by making the Excursion relatively energy efficient for its vehicle class? If you had been on the board of directors, would you have voted for the project? Why or why not? Do Ford’s stockholders have a right to insist that it produce the most profitable vehicles it legally can, regardless of their environmental impact? We think that Ford develop the Exclusion is sacrificing the environment to make profit and it is not energy efficient for the vehicle class. We will still work for the project if we were the board of director. It is because this project will bring high profit to company and it is legal. Stockholders have the rights to insist for the project to be continued.
Question 3 Assess William Clay Ford’s promise to make his company the “world’s most environmentally friendly automaker”. What are the environmental responsibilities of automakers? To be a environmentally friendly automaker not only to focus on the recyclable material for producing the car but also need to consider the emit of smoke as it brings pollution (producing energy efficient vehicles-hybrid). 3) Assess William Clay Ford’s claim that he wants to make his company “world’s most environmentally friendly automaker.” What are the environmental responsibilities of automakers? I think the environmental responsibility of automakers is to comply more than just with government regulations. He claims he wants to make the “world’s most environmentally friendly automaker”, but so far it has failed to keep its promise to improve fuel efficiency. Ford, like many other companies, is competing for profits. I think it’s justifiable to compete, but Ford should consider the environmental impact that these SUVs are causing. It should reduce the use of energy and the amount of toxic chemicals that they emit into the air.
Question 4 Is Ford Motor Company simply responding to consumer demand for large vehicles, or is it helping to shape and encourage that demand? Ford Motor Company is simply responding to consumer demand for large vehicle. 4) Is Ford Motor Company simply responding to consumer demand for larger vehicles or is it helping to shape and encourage that demand? I think that Ford Motor Company is just responding to consumer demand for larger vehicles. They just want to have a piece of that market share of SUVs. They acknowledge the carbon dioxide the Excursion emits in the air, and that’s why the company is phasing out the Excursion to live up to being an environmentally friendly automaker. They did introduce the Escape SUV, which is a gas-electric hybrid. They can show it is better for the consumer and environment and so they can encourage demand in that way.
Question 5 Should there be tighter pollution restrictions on SUVs? Should the government try to discourage the production and use of SUVs? The government should not discourage the production and use of SUVs. It is because human still have choice to decide what they want to drive or what car they want to have , as long as these vehicles will lead lease pollution to the environment. 5) Should there be tighter pollution restrictions on SUVs? Should the government try to discourage the production and use of SUVs? I think there should be tighter pollution restrictions on SUVs. The government should force these automakers to comply with tougher regulations, so that America can have cleaner SUVs. People can have what they want at a reasonable price. Our current regulations are not strict enough. These companies should come up with innovations that help the environment. The government should not try to discourage the production and use of SUVs. Instead, they should make people more aware of the problem and treat it more seriously. I mean educate the people. I bet that many people who purchase big SUVs are unaware of the impact it causes to the environment. People have the right to buy SUVs if they want to, and it is not right to simply take that right away. If people are educated about environmental issues, I believe the demand for SUVs will drop dramatically. Restrictions should make SUVs better, not eliminate them.
University/College: University of Chicago
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Date: 23 October 2016
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