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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This volume looks at America's car culture and the ways in which it affects the lives of our citizens, how driving can be made safer, regulating youth driving, and future transportation needs. Specific articles debate both sides of questions concerning SUVs, urban sprawl, cars' contribution to Americans' freedom, seat-belt laws, the strictness of drunk-driving laws, government-imposed fuel economy standards, and public transportation. The last chapter considers the relative merits of biofuels, diesel, hybrids, and hydrogen-powered vehicles. The writing varies from excellent to mere polemic. Authors' affiliations are provided and include prominent organizations, governmental agencies, think tanks, publications, associations, and businesses that study or have an interest in autos. Offset boxes provide occasional background information or supporting statistics for the writers' arguments. Despite some sloppy editing, this book offers a solid collection of timely articles.-Jeffrey A. French, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737733082
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 6/24/2006
  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
  • Pages: 220
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 11
Introduction 14
Chapter 1 How Do Cars Affect Life in the United States?
Chapter Preface 19
1 Car Culture Gives Americans Freedom 21
2 Car Culture Does Not Give Americans Freedom 30
3 Urban Sprawl Resulting from Cars Contributes to Obesity 38
4 There Is No Link Between Urban Sprawl and Obesity 44
5 Sport Utility Vehicles Harm America 50
6 Sport Utility Vehicles Do Not Harm America 56
Periodical Bibliography 61
Chapter 2 How Can Driving in America Be Made Safer?
Chapter Preface 63
1 Seat Belt Laws Should Be Enforced 65
2 Enforcement of Seat Belt Laws Is a Waste of Resources 70
3 America Needs Stricter Drunk Driving Laws 74
4 America's Drunk Driving Laws Are Too Strict 78
5 Black Boxes for Cars 83
6 Black Boxes in Cars Threaten Civil Liberties 87
7 Sport Utility Vehicles Make Driving Unsafe 92
8 The Danger of Sport Utility Vehicles Has Been Exaggerated 100
Periodical Bibliography 106
Chapter 3 How Should Youth Driving Be Regulated?
Chapter Preface 108
1 Authorities Should Stop Teens from Engaging in Street Racing 110
2 Teens Should Be Encouraged to Participate in Supervised Street Racing 114
3 Efforts to Stop Underage Drunk Driving Must Be Increased 119
4 Underage Drunk Driving Has Decreased 127
5 Driving Restrictions Decrease Youth Accident Rates 132
6 Better Driver Education Will Make Young Drivers Safer 138
Periodical Bibliography 143
Chapter 4 How Can the United States Meet Its Future Transportation Needs?
Chapter Preface 145
1 Public Transportation Can Reduce Traffic Congestion 147
2 Public Transportation Will Not Reduce Traffic Congestion 156
3 Fuel Efficiency Standards Should Be Raised 164
4 Fuel Efficiency Standards Harm Americans 170
5 The Use of Biofuels Will Harm Society 178
6 Gas-Electric Hybrids Can Help America Meet Its Transportation Needs 183
7 Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles Can Help America Meet Its Transportation Needs 190
8 Gas and Diesel Engines Will Be the Mainstay of the Future 195
Periodical Bibliography 201
For Further Discussion 202
Organizations to Contact 205
Bibliography of Books 211
Index 214
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