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Transport Revolutions: Moving People and Freight Without Oil / Edition 2
     

Transport Revolutions: Moving People and Freight Without Oil / Edition 2

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by Richard Gilbert, Anthony Perl
 

ISBN-10: 1844076989

ISBN-13: 9781844076987

Pub. Date: 04/28/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

First released in 2007, the bestselling Transport Revolutions argued that land transport in the first half of the 21st century will feature at least two revolutions. One will involve the use of electric drives rather than internal combustion engines. Another will involve powering many of these drives directly from the electric grid - as trains and trolley buses are

Overview

First released in 2007, the bestselling Transport Revolutions argued that land transport in the first half of the 21st century will feature at least two revolutions. One will involve the use of electric drives rather than internal combustion engines. Another will involve powering many of these drives directly from the electric grid - as trains and trolley buses are powered today - rather than from on-board fuel. Now available for the first time in paperback and updated with the most recent data, it sets out the challenges to our growing dependence on transport fuelled by low-priced oil. These challenges include an early peak in world oil production and profound climate change resulting in part from oil use. It proposes responses to ensure effective, secure movement of people and goods in ways that make the best use of renewable sources of energy while minimizing environmental impacts. Synthesizing engineering, economics, environment, organization, policy and technology in a detailed yet highly readable style, Transport Revolutions is essential reading for anyone working, studying or interested in transport and the environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844076987
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/2010
Edition description:
2
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to First Edition vii

Preface to Second Edition xi

Introduction: Transport Revolutions Ahead 1

What is in this Book 1

Who Could Benefit from this Book, and How 5

Sources and Terminology 10

Chapter 1 Learning from Past Transport Revolutions 13

Overview 13

Britain's Railway Revolution of 1830 to 1850 17

The Great Wartime Pause in Motorization in the US 24

The Big Switch in Transatlantic Travel in the 1950s 33

The High-Speed Rail Revolution of 1960 to 1985 41

The Air Freight Revolution of 1980 to the Present 53

Reflections on Past Revolutions 58

Chapter 2 Transport Today 63

Introduction 63

How People Move Locally 67

How People Move Across Distances 88

How Freight Moves 96

Transport Tomorrow? 105

Chapter 3 Transport and Energy 111

Introduction 111

Oil and Its Future 112

Events of 2008: Reality Checks 121

Alternatives to Oil Products 131

Electric Vehicles 147

Generating Enough Electricity for Transport 162

Chapter 4 Transport's Adverse Impacts 169

Introduction 169

Global Environmental Impacts 171

Local and Regional Environmental Impacts 187

Adverse Societal and Economic Impacts 210

Relative Impacts of Transport Modes and Means of Traction 220

Chapter 5 The Next Transport Revolutions 223

Setting the Scene for 2025 223

Scenarios for 2025 for the US 229

Implementing Transport Redesign in the US 237

Scenarios for 2025 for China 260

Electricity Generation in the US and China 274

Moving into the Future 277

Chapter 6 Leading the Way Forward 281

The Wake-Up Call Provided by an Oil Price Shock 282

Examining Strands of the Recent Economic Unraveling 286

Global Economic Crisis 289

Transport's Position in the Vicious Cycle of Limited Oil Supply and Economic Distress 290

The Neglect of Transport in Searching for Cures for the Recession 293

Rescuing Chrysler and General Motors 295

Other US Steps Toward Creating New Mobility Options 298

Actions by the Government of China Suggest How to Break the Vicious Cycle 302

China Appears Poised between Virtuous and Vicious Cycles 306

Concluding Remarks 307

Appendix A List of Acronyms and Abbreviations 313

Notes and References 317

Index 423

About the Authors 433

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