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Cars and Global Warming: 4 Ways Car-Share Services May Increase Greenhouse Gases

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Car sharing provides benefits for people who don't own cars or only need them occasionally. It can save on costs and might help reduce the effects of global warming.

Car share services offer a variety of programs that allow motorists to rent vehicles at a charge per use or as part of a membership. It would seem that the decrease of an individual's car use would contribute to a green environment.

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But what would happen if the popularity of car sharing had the opposite effect? Here are four ways car sharing services may increase greenhouse gases:

1. People could increase their use of driving as car-sharing programs continue to grow dramatically throughout the country. A 2011 study of car-sharing organizations in North America showed that the majority of members increased greenhouse gas emissions by gaining access to vehicles, according to the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California-Berkeley. The remaining members did drive less or eliminated their vehicles.

2. The growth of car-share services hasn't had an effect on the overall need for gasoline consumption or the amount of greenhouse gases emitted. The U.S. demand for gasoline increased in 2013 for the first time since 2007, according to the Energy Information Administration. Gas emissions rose accordingly.

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3. Many economic factors play a part in motorists using more gasoline. When gas prices decrease sharply, drivers are willing to travel more often. Prices of services also decrease, so consumers are more willing to enjoy the benefits of car-share services. Many car-share services are cheaper than car rentals, which may entice drivers to use them more often. They might travel more, using their own vehicles, as well as car sharing programs, adding to the environmental impact.

4. Increased fuel efficiency could lead to more fuel consumption. People who use car-share services may drive more often than they did with their own cars and accumulate more miles, emitting more greenhouse gases into the environment. The growth of car-sharing programs and services could also decrease the use of mass transportation from buses and other vehicles that played a part in reducing the effects of global warming.

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