By Christopher Steiner
Think a daily international within which the cost of gas (and oil) maintains to head up, and up, and up. take into consideration the rapid influence that might have on our lives.
Of path, all people already is familiar with how approximately fuel has affected our riding conduct. humans can't wait to junk their gas-guzzling SUVs for a brand new Prius. yet there are extra, not-so-obvious adjustments at the horizon that Chris Steiner tracks brilliantly during this provocative work.
Consider the subsequent societal adjustments: those who personal houses in far away suburbs will quickly discover that there's now not any marketplace for their homes (reason: no one desires to stay too far-off simply because it's too pricey to travel to work). Telecommuting will start to extend speedily. 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 expense of heating northern houses within the wintry weather is just too dear. reasonable daily goods which are constituted of plastic will depart as a result of emerging fee to provide them (plastic is derived from oil). And this is often just the start of an important and overwhelming domino impression that our lifestyle will endure within the years to come.
Steiner, an engineer through education prior to turning to journalism, sees how this straightforward yet consistent upward push in oil and fuel costs will absolutely re-structure our way of life. yet what might be excellent to readers is that every one of those adjustments is probably not destructive - yet really will bring in a few new and extremely promising facets of our society.
Steiner will probe how the liberation of expertise and innovation, brought on by way of mountaineering fuel costs, will switch our lives. The e-book may perhaps commence as an alarmist's exercise.... yet don't be misled. the longer term should be exhilarating.
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With gas at $6, there won’t be many people driving hulking Ford F-250s and 350s who don’t absolutely have to. It’s bad news for Ford, but good news for the rest of the vehicles and travelers on America’s highways. With all this data in hand, would it be cataclysmic for a politician to suggest higher gasoline taxes, if not in the name of raising government spending or weaning our nozzles off foreign oil, then in the name of saving lives? “A tax rate that yields a real increase in the price of gasoline, sustained over time, will reduce fatalities and air pollution substantially,” Harvard’s Grabowski says.
The rising price of gasoline, however, will reshape your house, your car, your town, your stores, your job, your life. America has never seen so great an innovation spur as escalating petroleum prices. This tale will bring with it all the global impact of a World War and its inherent technology revolutions—minus all the death. Some people even welcome oil’s coming paucity and expense as one of humankind’s grand experiments. And, in fact, it will be so. The future will be exhilarating. This book acknowledges that future and embraces it.
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