Do you plan on driving a gas-powered car when you grow up?

Story by CBC Kids News • 2022-04-20 05:55

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Why or why not? That is, of course, the question. Each week, we present you with a question based on a topic in the news and showcase the best answers on our website the following week. Want your answer featured? Read carefully, think thoughtfully and write your best answer at the bottom of the article.


Do you plan on driving a gas-powered car when you grow up?

That’s the question of the week.

The price at the pump has hit record highs in recent months.

That’s in part because of sanctions — or penalties — against Russia after it invaded Ukraine.

It’s also because many places have rolled back their restrictions against COVID-19, so more people are travelling and getting outside again.

Hot tip: Keep scrolling to see if we featured your response from our last question, “Does Earth Day matter anymore?”

Long-term effects of using oil

Longer term, our reliance on oil and its products can be seen as a problem.

Extracting crude oil can destroy and pollute the natural world. The emissions from fossil fuels contribute significantly to climate change.

Plus, having the entire world at the mercy of oil prices can have big consequences. Currently, the global economy is being hit hard because of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, which is a major oil producer. 

Some experts suggest moving to hybrid and electric vehicles, while others say that those cars are too expensive and won’t solve the problem overall.

Even if you’re not old enough to drive yet, do these high gas prices get you thinking about the future? Do you plan on driving a gas-powered car or do you think electric is the way to go? Does it bother you that electric cars are more expensive?

Make up your mind by learning more

CBC Kids News contributor Arjun Ram breaks it down in the latest KN Explains video.

Click play to learn more about the rising cost of gas prices and how it relates to world events.

So, why or why not?

OK, so you’ve watched the video. You’ve thought long and hard about it. Maybe you even discussed it with your friends and classmates. Now it’s time to weigh in.

Last week’s answers

Each week, we showcase some of the answers we received from kids across Canada.

Click here to see how Canadian kids answered last week’s question: “Does Earth Day matter anymore?”

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