Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction

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Lives Per Gallon is a searing indictment of America's oil economy and a powerful prescription for change. Tamminen reveals the true price of oil: tens of billions of dollars spent annually to secure our global supply; crops ruined by petroleum pollution; cancer, asthma, and birth defects caused by car exhaust. Offering real-world solutions, Tamminen poses a vital challenge: kick the oil habit or continue paying in lives per gallon.
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Overview

Lives Per Gallon is a searing indictment of America's oil economy and a powerful prescription for change. Tamminen reveals the true price of oil: tens of billions of dollars spent annually to secure our global supply; crops ruined by petroleum pollution; cancer, asthma, and birth defects caused by car exhaust. Offering real-world solutions, Tamminen poses a vital challenge: kick the oil habit or continue paying in lives per gallon.
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Editorial Reviews

Sacramento Bee
...launches a blistering attack on the practices of the world''s oil and automobile industries..."
Orion magazine
"Tamminen's personal and impassioned overview of the evidence against Big Oil makes a persuasive argument for the urgency of ending our petroleum habit."
Orion magazine

“Tamminen’s personal and impassioned overview of the evidence against Big Oil makes a persuasive argument for the urgency of ending our petroleum habit.”
Sacramento Bee
"...launches a blistering attack on the practices of the world's oil and automobile industries..."
President, Waterkeeper Alliance - Robert F. Kennedy
"America's prosperity, our independence and security, our democracy and our ideals, our international leadership and national pride are all dependent on our breaking our lethal oil addiction. Terry Tamminen has turned the spotlight of clarity on the defining issue of our age."
Fox News political analyst and former advisor to President Clinton - Dick Morris
"We all thought we knew the costs of oil addiction—power to terrorists and tyrants, and global climate change. But Tamminen's book demonstrates that we don't know the half of it. Gasoline is a deadly carcinogen like tobacco. The health, environmental, and climatic impact of our oil dependency, he shows, is catastrophic. And the economic cost of subsidizing the oil industry is bankrupting. But Tamminen does more than point to the problems. He lays out step-by-step solutions to ending our oil addiction. I only wish that all members of Congress would read this book."
Orion
"Tamminen's personal and impassioned overview of the evidence against Big Oil makes a persuasive argument for the urgency of ending our petroleum habit."
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies & Population Health Sciences at Uni - Jonathan Patz
"The book reads like a gangster thriller, while providing detailed and painful truths about how much the oil and auto industries have controlled development (or lack thereof) in the U.S....a definite 'must read' for anyone interested in improving America's future and national security."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597261012
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Tamminen served as the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and Chief Policy Advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger. In 2007 he was named the Cullman Senior Fellow and Director of the Climate Policy
Program of the New America Foundation and an Operating Advisor to Pegasus Capital Advisors. He currently travels throughout the world, lecturing and  providing consulting services to clients on climate and energy policy.

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Table of Contents


Preface xi Prologue 1
1 The Breath of Our Fathers 9
2 A Losing Proposition 27
3 Desperate Enterprise 53
4 All That Glitters 81
5 Wealth Seems Rather to Possess Them 107
6 Worse Poison to Men's Souls 131
7 Postcards from the Year 2025 155
8 The Quality of Mercy 187 Epilogue: The Seventh Generation 205 Acknowledgments 213 Notes 215 Index 253
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