Grand Central Publishing - NF/Energy/Business
I finished $20 Per Gallon last week or the week before (eeks) and have managed to misplace my copy, so I won't be able to share any quotes, doggone it. There were quite a few post-its in this one.
The subtitle gives you a good hint that $20 Per Gallon is not a doom and gloom book; it's about how the rising price of fossil fuels will eventually change our lives for the better, forcing us to do more walking or biking, to use cleaner and more sustainable energy sources, to lower our pollution output and make us healthier people in the long run.
Changing over from gas to other energy sources won't be an easy process, according to Steiner. Some of us will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into a world that offers us a bit less freedom of mobility as plane tickets and prices at the pump will skyrocket. Houses will be more expensive to heat and cool, of course. The so-called "McMansion" will become a thing of the past -- for the most part. The author doesn't deny that there will always be wealthy people who live better than most.
Some of the changes he expects to take place in the United States are movement into big cities, the collapse of the majority of airline companies, purchase of smaller automobiles (electric in particular) and homes, and the building of a nationwide high-speed train system.
4/5 - A fascinating look at a possible future world. I don't doubt his predictions, although there were a few areas I thought he glossed over and there were times the author, who is an engineer, wrote like an engineer in that the writing was just a tiny bit rough. Not to pick on engineers; I'm married to one, after all.
Many thanks to Booksie for my copy, which I won in a drawing at her blog.