Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost Of Our oil Addiction by Terry Tamminen

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By Terry Tamminen

I stumbled on this publication whereas discovering an Economics Masters thesis. As anyone that has been focusing increasingly more on power comparable concerns, I picked this ebook up.

To say the least, it's very intellectually cheating. whereas a number of the issues he says have a few grain of fact, he in many instances cherry choices to help his view that the realm will cave in if we do not do whatever drastic instantly. I particuarly beloved how he attempted to suggest that his cigarette smoking father shouldn't have died of emphysema if we did not have any smog.

He begins out by means of overblowing the environmental harm that oil creation and intake expenses - yet then has the hubris to say we are going to be out in many years besides. If we will be out, it should look that the environmental challenge it reasons will stop in a number of years.

This leads me to his terrible prediction of skyrocketing oil costs and grim photograph of the longer term (which in his brain is in 2025). His estimation of oil reserves is cherry picked to help his panic inducing tone.

The fact is that there's quite a bit petroleum in the world that the single hassle of use may possibly in reality be the enironmental rate. In my brain, he misplaced major credibility through claiming we'd have oil shortages via 2025.

He additionally is going right into a tirade approximately overseas oil, implying that every one of our oil comes from sheiks which are attempting to bomb us. actually our unmarried biggest provider of oil is Canada. Mexico is #2 and Venezuela #3. in truth, if he had counting Canada's tar sands, Canada has extra oil than the other nation on the earth. If we have been to count number oil shale (which is just reasonable to supply at 70-90 a barrel) the USA has the power to be power self sufficient with this resource on my own.

Overall, this ebook spouts out loads of numbers with out particularly reading the context of the values. He cherry selections to get price estimates that bolster his view element (and most likely additional his profession and admiration among the devoted) and very easily ignores every little thing else.

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I stumbled on this ebook whereas learning an Economics Masters thesis. As an individual that has been focusing a growing number of on strength similar concerns, I picked this e-book up.

To say the least, it's very intellectually cheating. whereas a few of the issues he says have a few grain of fact, he generally cherry selections to help his view that the realm will cave in if we do not do whatever drastic instantly. I particuarly cherished how he attempted to indicate that his cigarette smoking father do not have died of emphysema if we did not have any smog.

He begins out through overblowing the environmental harm that oil creation and intake charges - yet then has the hubris to assert we'll be out in many years besides. If we will be out, it'll appear that the environmental challenge it explanations will stop in a number of years.

This leads me to his terrible prediction of skyrocketing oil costs and grim photo of the longer term (which in his brain is in 2025). His estimation of oil reserves is cherry picked to help his panic inducing tone.

The fact is that there's quite a bit petroleum on the planet that the one predicament of use may well in truth be the enironmental price. In my brain, he misplaced major credibility by way of claiming we might have oil shortages by means of 2025.

He additionally is going right into a tirade approximately overseas oil, implying that each one of our oil comes from sheiks which are attempting to bomb us. in truth our unmarried biggest provider of oil is Canada. Mexico is #2 and Venezuela #3. in truth, if he had counting Canada's tar sands, Canada has extra oil than the other kingdom on the earth. If we have been to count number oil shale (which is just competitively priced to provide at 70-90 a barrel) the USA has the power to be strength autonomous with this resource on my own.

Overall, this publication spouts out loads of numbers with no quite reading the context of the values. He cherry selections to get fee estimates that bolster his view aspect (and most likely additional his profession and admiration among the trustworthy) and with ease ignores every little thing else.

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Oil is much more toxic to coastal fish, birds, and mammals than short-term laboratory bioassay studies used during the 1970s and 1980s [predicted],” explains Dr. Riki Ott, a former commercial fisher and oil researcher, who lives in Alaska and has dedicated her life to uncovering the truth about both the Exxon Valdez spill and the chronic effects of petroleum exposure to wildlife and humans. 94 Comprehensive field and lab studies conducted from 1994 to 2000 in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill reveal that oil pollution persists for decades, chronically exposing humans and animals to significant problems.

If we mortals are fools, as Puck would have us believe, then perhaps the most inexplicable behavior of all is that we know the harms Tamminen-02-Ch01 (9-26) 7/24/06 11:16 AM Page 25 Chapter 1. Why? One reason is that science has been slow to reach human health conclusions about smog exposure because some cancers and other diseases are slow to develop and therefore take many years to study for conclusive results. 47 Another reason for the lack of effective regulations is that our understanding of the health harms from air pollution is a moving target.

If oil is the lifeblood of the economy, engine exhaust is its breath, and here the Faustian bargain for our health is most apparent. 59 Perhaps the greatest threat from our oil addiction, however, is cancer. Of the 225 toxic or carcinogenic chemicals contained in gasoline, three of them—benzene, 1,3-butadiene, and formaldehyde—in the form airborne pollutants, pose the greatest cancer risk to humans. The largest source of these toxins is auto Tamminen-03-Ch02 (27-52) 7/24/06 11:16 AM Page 41 Chapter 2.

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