Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller: Oil and the End of Globalizationby Jeff Rubin
Pub. Date: 05/19/2009
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
An internationally renowned energy expert has written a book essential for every American–a galvanizing account of how the rising price and diminishing availability of oil are going to radically change our lives. Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller is a powerful and provocative book that explores what the new global economy will look like/b>… See more details below
An internationally renowned energy expert has written a book essential for every American–a galvanizing account of how the rising price and diminishing availability of oil are going to radically change our lives. Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller is a powerful and provocative book that explores what the new global economy will look like and what it will mean for all of us.
In a compelling and accessible style, Jeff Rubin reveals that despite the recent recessionary dip, oil prices will skyrocket again once the economy recovers. The fact is, worldwide oil reserves are disappearing for good. Consequently, the amount of food and other goods we get from abroad will be curtailed; long-distance driving will become a luxury and international travel rare. Globalization as we know it will reverse. The near future will be a time that, in its physical limits, may resemble the distant past.
But Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller is a hopeful work about how we can benefit–personally, politically, and economically–from this new reality. American industries such as steel and agriculture, for instance, will be revitalized. As well, Rubin prescribes priorities for President Obama and other leaders, from imposing carbon tariffs that will increase competition and productivity, to investing in mass transit instead of car-clogged highways, to forging “green” alliances between labor and management that will be good for both business and the air we breathe.
Most passionately, Rubin recommends ways every citizen can secure this better life for himself, actions that will end our enslavement to chain-store taste and strengthen our communities and timeless human values.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Redefining Recovery
Chapter 1: Supply Shift
Chapter 2: Demand Shift
Chapter 3: Head Fakes
Chapter 4: Heading for the Exit Lane
Chapter 5: Coming Home
Chapter 6: The Other Problem with Fossil Fuels
Chapter 7: Just How Big Is Cleveland?
Chapter 8: Going Local
Conclusion: Chasing the Inconnu
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This is not a pessimistic book but a realistic one. Turning back the clock to a simpler time will be a good thing for everyone. Our modern lifestyle, which is burning up resources at an unsustainable rate, doesn't truly make us happy anyway. Individuals can make lifestyle changes, regardless of whatever the government does or doesn't do, that will contribute to a better world and a return to sustainable living.
I found most of the content of this book to be true except for kind of dark point of view that the author has about the possibility of replacing the fossil fuels with green and revolutionary sources of energy. In general i would give a thumbs up and a 4 out of possible 5! Cheers ;)