An extraordinarily insightful and thought-provoking look at how our society and culture are going to change, and change rapidly, as the price of gasoline, heating oil, and all other everyday consumer products that are derived from oil continue to escalate.
Imagine an everyday world in which the price of gasoline (and oil) continues to go up, and up, and up. Think about the immediate impact that would have on our lives.
Of course, everybody already knows how about gasoline has affected our driving habits. People can't wait to junk their gas-guzzling SUVs for a new Prius. But there are more, not-so-obvious changes on the horizon that Chris Steiner tracks brilliantly in this provocative work.
Consider the following societal changes: people who own homes in far-off suburbs will soon realize that there's no longer any market for their houses (reason: nobody wants to live too far away because it's too expensive to commute to work). Telecommuting will begin to expand rapidly. Trains will become the mode of national transportation (as it used to be) as the price of flying becomes prohibitive. Families will begin to migrate southward as the price of heating northern homes in the winter is too pricey. Cheap everyday items that are comprised of plastic will go away because of the rising price to produce them (plastic is derived from oil). And this is just the beginning of a huge and overwhelming domino effect that our way of life will undergo in the years to come.
Steiner, an engineer by training before turning to journalism, sees how this simple but constant rise in oil and gas prices will totally re-structure our lifestyle. But what may be surprising to readers is that all of these changes may not be negative - but actually will usher in some new and very promising aspects of our society.
Steiner will probe how the liberation of technology and innovation, triggered by climbing gas prices, will change our lives. The book may start as an alarmist's exercise.... but don't be misled. The future will be exhilarating.
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by Bryan Sykes
by Peter C. Whybrow
by Thomas Keneally
by Peter James, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Christopher Fowler, Lawrence Block
by Christopher Steiner
by Barbara Steiner
by Christopher Golden
by Matt Christopher
by Christopher Husberg
by Christopher Meades
by Christopher Fowler
"If paying $4.00 a gallon at the pump in the summer of 2008 didn't scare you enough, here comes a description of the end of life as we know it. Each chapter is titled after a dollar amount (beginning with $4.00), followed by a discussion of how that price would affect the United States. It isn't pretty, but the author says that it's necessary for our survival as a nation. To his great credit, narrator John Wolfe does not take the bait and attempt to scare us. Instead, he uses his gravelly, assured voice to interpret the hopeful side of the book's message. Wolfe reads with authority and precision while slyly laughing at outlandish ideas, such as the return of $1.00 a gallon gas. He is engaging throughout. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"