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Last night's Daily Show guest was transportation expert Daniel Sperling, author of the new book Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability which takes a dim view of corn ethanol among other things. Also yesterday, I ran into a neighbor; by turns discussing his investigation into purchasing a solar system for his house (still costs too much) through how the writing of his first ever book was coming along (writing is slow and hard work) until we inevitably stumbled upon the current gloomy economy with its roots in the poor judgment of those (for the better part) formerly in power. As always, this neighbor dusted off some amazing here-to-fore undisclosed nugget from the timeline of his rich past: growing up in Sicily, working year upon years in the middle east and finally settling down in NYC. "When I was young I used to race cars," he humbly revealed in a still thick Italian accent. "Everyone loves the feel of power. When you're racing, of course you want more and more power. But any good driver knows that all that power isn't worth a damn if your brakes don't work." More about the 2 Billion Cars book after the jump.
Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability, by Daniel Sperling and Deborah Gordon
The Premise of Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability
Transportation experts Daniel Sperling and Deborah Gordon set out to explore the premise that there are now roughly a billion motor vehicles in the world and that number is set to double within twenty years. Largely a consequence of China's and India's explosive growth, developing nations are becoming car-centric cultures following in wheel tracks of America, the leading emissions culprit. With greenhouse gases already creating climate havoc and violent conflict in oil-rich nations on the rise, how might effective, realistic solutions be found?
Root causes and eco-friendly solutions
Sperling and Gordon expose the roots of the problem-- the resistant auto-industry, dysfunctional oil markets, short-sighted government policies, and unmotivated consumers. They zero in on reforming our gas-guzzling culture, expanding the search for low-carbon fuels, environment-friendly innovations in transportation planning, and more. Promising advances in both transportation technology and fuel efficiency together with shifts in travel behavior, they suggest, offer us a realistic way out of our predicament. Ironically, the authors contend that the two 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 conventional, petroleum-fueled cars. California's embrace of eco-friendly policies, which Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger discusses in the foreword, and China's willingness to confront the twin environmental and energy crises wrought by an exponential growth in cars, suggest that if they can develop ingenious and effective solutions, then there really is reason for hope.
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