$20 Per Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of by Christopher Steiner PDF

By Christopher Steiner

ISBN-10: 0446562025

ISBN-13: 9780446562027

Think a regular international within which the cost of gas (and oil) keeps to head up, and up, and up. take into consideration the fast influence that will have on our lives.

Of direction, everyone already understands how approximately fuel has affected our riding behavior. humans can't wait to junk their gas-guzzling SUVs for a brand new Prius. yet there are extra, not-so-obvious alterations at the horizon that Chris Steiner tracks brilliantly during this provocative work.

Consider the subsequent societal alterations: those who personal houses in distant suburbs will quickly observe that there's now not any marketplace for their homes (reason: not anyone desires to stay too distant simply because it's too pricey to trip to work). Telecommuting will start to extend swiftly. Trains becomes the mode of nationwide transportation (as it was once) because the cost of flying turns into prohibitive. households will start to migrate southward because the rate of heating northern houses within the wintry weather is just too dear. affordable daily goods which are made from plastic will leave as a result of emerging cost to provide them (plastic is derived from oil). And this is often only the start of a massive and overwhelming domino impact that our lifestyle will endure within the years to come.

Steiner, an engineer through education sooner than turning to journalism, sees how this easy yet consistent upward push in oil and gasoline costs will completely re-structure our way of life. yet what might be unbelievable to readers is that each one of those alterations will not be detrimental - yet really will bring in a few new and extremely promising points of our society.

Steiner will probe how the liberation of know-how and innovation, prompted via mountain climbing fuel costs, will swap our lives. The booklet may well commence as an alarmist's exercise.... yet don't be misled. the longer term may be exhilarating.

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Before the vehicle was released, bootleg video clips that caught test models on the highways of India soared in YouTube popularity. What makes the Nano so popular? It’s pushed along—literally, the engine is in the rear—by a tiny two-cylinder, 623-cubic-centimeter engine made out of aluminum. Its dashboard features three things: a speedometer, a fuel gauge, and an oil light. It has one windshield wiper, a small front trunk, and on the basic model, no radio, air conditioning, or power steering. So—again—what’s the hype about?

As an owner of motorized transportation, he is respected. But, Shivhare says, real community respect comes with owning a legitimate automobile—doors, roof, trunk, and all. The cheapest car on the market before the Nano’s launch was the Suzuki Maruti 800, at about $5,000, well beyond Shivhare’s means. But a Nano, at half that price, makes joining the car-driving middle class possible for Shivhare. Shivhare’s teenaged daughter, Shubham, and his son, Samiksha, first told him about the Nano after reading about it in English dailies.

Having finished breakfast, Bill walks into his two-car garage and climbs into his Ford Explorer. He rattles down his street’s immaculate strip of asphalt toward a six-lane highway that will take him to work, forty minutes away. Bill’s normal evening hours are spent shuttling his children from athletic events to tutoring sessions to music lessons to shopping malls, all of which are located in disparate corners of his megaburb, which is more than five miles wide. Bill’s Americanized materialistic existence, like all of ours, is wrapped in a cocoon of gasoline and its petro-bred brethren.

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