By Christopher Steiner
Think a daily international during which the cost of gas (and oil) keeps to move up, and up, and up. take into consideration the fast impression that might have on our lives.
Of direction, every body already is aware how approximately fuel 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 next societal adjustments: those that personal houses in far away suburbs will quickly become aware of that there's now not any marketplace for their homes (reason: not anyone desires to stay too far-off simply because it's too pricey to go back and forth to work). Telecommuting will start to extend speedily. Trains turns into the mode of nationwide transportation (as it was) because the cost of flying turns into prohibitive. households will start to migrate southward because the rate of heating northern houses within the iciness is just too dear. affordable daily goods which are produced from plastic will depart as a result of emerging fee to supply them (plastic is derived from oil). And this is often just the start of an enormous and overwhelming domino impression that our lifestyle will suffer within the years to come.
Steiner, an engineer by way of education sooner than 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 may possibly be extraordinary to readers is that each one of those adjustments will not be destructive - yet really will herald a few new and intensely promising facets 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 may well commence as an alarmist's exercise.... yet don't be misled. the long run might be exhilarating.
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The inexorable rising price at the pump represents several worlds of change beyond smaller cars and more cumbersome gas station charges. The price of oil—and thus, gasoline—affects our lives to a degree few realize. It’s not just the BP or Shell portion of your Visa bill. It’s the bricks in your walls, the plastic in your refrigerator, the asphalt on your roads, the shingles on your roof, the synthetic rubber in your ball. With every penny that gasoline moves up, so, too, does the price of most things we consume.
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