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By Christopher Steiner

Think a daily international within which the cost of fuel (and oil) maintains to move up, and up, and up. take into consideration the quick effect that may have on our lives.

Of direction, every body already is familiar with how approximately gas has affected our using 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 adjustments: those who personal houses in far away suburbs will quickly detect that there's now not any marketplace for their homes (reason: no one desires to dwell too distant simply because it's too pricey to travel to work). Telecommuting will start to extend quickly. Trains becomes the mode of nationwide transportation (as it was) because the fee of flying turns into prohibitive. households will start to migrate southward because the cost of heating northern houses within the wintry weather is just too dear. affordable daily goods which are made from plastic will leave a result of emerging fee to provide them (plastic is derived from oil). And this is often only the start of a tremendous and overwhelming domino influence that our lifestyle will endure within the years to come.

Steiner, an engineer via education prior to turning to journalism, sees how this straightforward yet consistent upward thrust in oil and gasoline costs will completely re-structure our way of life. yet what could be impressive to readers is that every one of those adjustments will not be unfavorable - yet truly will herald a few new and intensely promising elements of our society.

Steiner will probe how the liberation of know-how and innovation, caused by means of hiking fuel costs, will switch our lives. The ebook might commence as an alarmist's exercise.... yet don't be misled. the longer term may be exhilarating.

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But there’s more to our interest than cerebral economics. The tales of gas price flux have regaled our nation in the manner that J. K. Rowling or Stephenie Meyer tames adolescents. You cannot open a newspaper, national or local, that doesn’t feature a prominent story with some angle on gas prices. And as it turns out, we’re not lemmings tethered to a petrol spigot. We have limits, and some of them have been reached. During 2008, a year when gas prices touched historical highs, Americans drove 100 billion fewer miles than they did the year before.

The Explorer and others of its ilk, such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, were, thanks to the tireless work of Detroit’s high-paid Washington lobbyists, classified as light trucks. That illustrates the power wielded by well-funded lobbyists; nobody with a string of integrity could honestly argue these vehicles were light trucks meant to transport materials and goods. SUVs, clearly, are passenger vehicles. Anything with eight seats and twenty-seven cupholders is not a light truck. As the 1990s wore on, Ford improved its Explorer design—and made it even bigger—and customers kept flocking.

Perhaps even the billions. Those people, through the emergence of their countries’ flourishing economies, will get their chance. And they deserve that chance. But it means more people needing more oil. Imagine if the Nano adds a mere 3 million new drivers to the roads across the world and each one of them drives an average of 15,000 miles a year. That creates demand for an additional 1 billion gallons of gasoline a year. 4 billion people together, have more than a third of the world’s population, most of whom don’t yet drive cars.

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