Is it the role of government to ban a certain class of cars such as SUV's, trucks, buses, etc?  Why or why not?ITs my debate topic, i have pollution / financial / emergency / transporting supply

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lhc eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The answer to this question probably has a great deal to do with one's view of government in relationship to the environment and to people's lifestyles.  If you believe that it is the government's role to take care of its people, and therefore their environment, then you might argue that gas-guzzling cars should be outlawed in an attempt to cut fuel consumption and unhealthy emissions. It would reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and make our population healthier which in turn could contribute to lower rates of illness and disease and healthcare costs.  If you believe in a more hands-off approach to governing, you could argue that the laws of supply and demand in a market economy will take care of the issue; as fuel gets more expensive and the air gets dirtier, people will begin to see the need to avoid these vehicles and purchase more efficient, environmentally friendly transportation, and eventually the lack of sales of SUV's and other vehicles will cause car manufacturers to begin producing what the people are buying.