By Daniel Sperling, Deborah Gordon
This present day there are over 1000000000 autos on the planet, and inside two decades, the quantity will double, principally a end result of China's and India's explosive development. on condition that greenhouse gases are already growing havoc with our weather and that violent clash in risky oil-rich countries is at the upward thrust, will concerns purely worsen? Or are there hopeful indicators that potent, sensible suggestions are available?
mixing a concise background of automobiles and their impression at the global, prime transportation specialists Daniel Sperling and Deborah Gordon clarify how we arrived at this country, and what we will do approximately it. Sperling and Gordon assign blame squarely the place it belongs-on the auto-industry, short-sighted govt rules, and shoppers. They discover such recommendations as getting past the gas-guzzler monoculture, re-inventing automobiles, looking for low-carbon fuels, and extra. Promising advances in either transportation know-how and gasoline potency including shifts in vacationer habit, they recommend, provide us a fashion out of our obstacle.
The authors finish that the 2 locations that experience the main frustrating emissions problems--California and China--are the main prone to develop into international leaders on those concerns. Arnold Schwarzenegger's enlightened include of green gas regulations, which he discusses within the foreword, and China's forthright attractiveness that it wishes far-reaching environmental and effort regulations, recommend that in the event that they can take on the difficulty successfully and in truth, then there fairly is reason behind wish. up to date with a brand new afterword that sheds mild at the profound alterations within the worldwide economic system within the final 12 months, Two Billion Cars makes the case for why and the way we have to rework transportation now greater than ever.
--Tom Vanderbilt, Wilson Quarterly
"Provocative and pleasing, far-seeing and clean, fact-based and but a page-turner, international in scope yet rooted in genuine areas. The authors make a resounding case that clever shoppers riding clever electric-drive vehicles can locate the severe route to a more secure planet."
--Robert Socolow, Princeton University
"In this insightful and persuasive ebook, Sperling and Gordon spotlight one of many largest environmental demanding situations of this century: billion automobiles. They rightly contend that we can't circumvent the worst of worldwide warming with out making our automobiles purifier and petroleum-free. fortunately the authors additionally supply a roadmap for navigating this challenge that's either visionary and achievable."
--Frances Beinecke, President, normal assets safeguard Council
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