Transportation experts Daniel Sperling and Deborah Gordon provide a concise history of America's love affair with cars and an overview of the global oil and auto industries.
The authors explain how we arrived in this state, and what we can do about it. They expose the roots of the problem – the resistant auto-industry, dysfunctional oil markets, short-sighted government policies, and unmotivated consumers.
The authors contend that the places with the most troublesome emissions problems -- California and China -- are taking the lead in developing effective strategies that can help wean us from our reliance on petroleum-fueled cars- World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C.
Deborah Gordon is a senior transportation policy analyst who has provided consulting services to the National Commission on Energy Policy, the California Energy Commission, Hewlett Foundation, and the Chinese government to develop fiscal policies for their burgeoning auto fleet.
She earlier served as director of transportation and energy programs at the Union of Concerned Scientists, senior research scholar at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a chemical engineer at Chevron.
Daniel Sperling is Professor of Engineering and Environmental Science & Policy at the University of California, Davis, and Founding Director of University of California, Davis's Institute of Transportation Studies.
He also serves on the California Air Resources Board, chairs the Future of Mobility Council of the Davos World Economic Forum, and has authored 10 books and over 200 technical papers and reports on transportation and energy.
Cars bestow "untold benefits" on those who own them? I can think of exactly one - the ability to go where you want, when you want to. That's it. Now you can make a long list of places you can go and say that the benefits of cars are endless because they can take you there, but the reality is plain for all to see. The problem is that we glorify the car to make us feel good about inventing it and to propagate its long term use, which results in statements like these
The activities in America towards alternatives on the individual mobility other than oil driven, seem to be in the very beginning. The authors of the book 2 Billion Cars: An American Love Affair (an American Addicts Affair would match better) do not see the problems of electric cars: Fuelled by nuclear energy(2 Billion Cars on Solarpower is an illusion)? With batteries out of materials to be mined in Africa, which causes similar problems known from the coltan-thread for the mobilephone production? What about all the other materials used to build cars, are they endless available?
Nevertheless, the authors of the book should be encouraged to go on with their seeking for alternatives. The first official announcement of the end of unconditionally withdrawable gas would call the american car addicts to a civil war. Better do something before that happens.
Maybe a little warning helps: Most of the world's oil is laying under the arses of moslims. And they want to drive also.