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Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction First Printing Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The history of oil use is well covered including wars and potential wars over it's control, government subsidies, fossil fuel contribution to global warming and the global crisis we face when the oil reserves run out. After reading about the multiple ways that fossil fuel consumption has polluted air, water and land, one is left with a feeling that the world oil supply will hopefully run out sooner than later.
Tamminen paints a bleak picture of the corruption and pollution of fossil fuel use, but he also gives positive coverage of the emerging clean/green ZEV (zero emission vehicles) technology such as electric, hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell propulsion and electric generating systems coupled with solar, wind, and photovoltaic systems to replace the out-dated fossil fuel systems. Also covered are the many things individuals can do on their own to reduce their personal energy consumption footprint, i.e., use low-watt bulbs, drive a hybrid or electric car and boycott wasteful products- buy green. Collectively, these actions add up and make a huge difference in total energy consumption while sending a strong message to the merchants of toxic products that their products are no longer desired.
And the military cost of protecting our oil interests (or the costs of some other country trying to fill their own oil needs in the case of Japan and WWII) are things we all really need to think about in terms of deciding what our priorities are.
He lists some great, feasible options for putting our oil thirst on a diet and what we can do in the short and medium term to reduce oil dependence. But his flaws came in his suggestions that we essentially litigate the snot out of the oil companies much like we're done and are doing to tobacco. sorry. The only people that plan will benefit are the lawyers. And his main conclusion pushing us toward 1 single oil/fuel alternative seems to turn the end into a sales pitch.
Have you ever noticed how refineries tend to be located in poor neighborhoods where people have little say in what happens in their communities. That is because no one, if they had a choice, would breath the air being spewed from oil refineries. The same can be said about major freeways and highways. They never cut through affluent areas, as people would block the construction of them. As a result, the poorest among us have the most health related problems related to exposure to the byproducts of petroleum distillation and use. And, that costs every taxpayer, as many of these people are either underinsured or uninsured.
Another cost associated with petroleum is the wars we fight to maintain acess to supplies of it, as well as the amount of money we are shipping to countries where there are people that want to eliminate our society. That effect has mitigated due to new production in the US, but we need to start weaning ourselves from the material to continue to be able to supply our own needs.
The book details many other costs, and is an interesting, if a tad academic in nature. It is particularly interesting to read now due to the changes that have occurred since it was written. We can now see the very real costs, versus those that have self mitigated.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not only are oil and its products becoming more expensive, it also creates hidden, more insidious costs such as the billions spent annually to secure our global supply, crops... Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by Loyd Eskildson
I came across this book while researching an Economics Masters thesis. As someone that has been focusing more and more on energy related issues, I picked this book up. Read morePublished on November 4, 2008 by Nathan K. Forczyk
Not only are oil and its products becoming more expensive, it also creates hidden, more insidious costs such as the billions spent annually to secure our global supply, crops... Read morePublished on March 13, 2008 by Loyd Eskildson
I`m reading this book, and contains a lot of details about the impact of oil and its subproducts on environment, health and so. Read morePublished on December 14, 2007 by AGUSTIN DIAZ
Terry Tamminen has seen the ravages of big oil first hand in many places around the world. A skilled and engaging writer, he weaves his experiences into a compelling narrative... Read morePublished on May 18, 2007 by Geoffrey Holland
Tamminen does a superb job of detailing how the oil industry has put the world in such a precarious position, both environmentally and human health wise, all just for corporate... Read morePublished on May 6, 2007 by B. Baldridge
Terry Tamminen points out the stupendous costs of America's oil addiction. I certainly recommend the book, if only as a starting point for discussion. Read morePublished on March 14, 2007 by Paula L. Craig
The book reveals where where the consumer is being subsidized, and is therefore helpful. Unfortunately, the author can't stop counting and runs into double counting errors to the... Read morePublished on December 6, 2006