Lives per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction
by Terry Tamminen
AVAILABILITY: Active Record (Readily Available)
Publication Date: November 2006
Publisher: Island Press
Binding: Trade Cloth
Topics: ENERGY CONSUMPTION; MIDDLE EAST_HISTORY, MILITARY; PETROLEUM INDUSTRY AND TRADE_UNITED STATES; ENERGY POLICY_UNITED STATES
Description: "America is addicted to oil. The diagnosis is clear, but what's the true price of dependence? Who's paying with their lives? Who's profiting? And, most importantly, what's the cure?" - Terry Tamminen, Special Advisor to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the author of this book!
How much would you pay for a gallon of gas? $4.00? $10.00? Would you pay with the health of your lungs or with years taken from your lifespan? The infamous 'pain at the pump' runs much deeper than our wallets, argues Terry Tamminen, former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and current Special Advisor to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Petroleum may power our cars and heat our homes, but it also contributes to birth defects and disorders like asthma and emphysema, not to mention cancer.
In 'Lives Per Gallon', Tamminen takes a hard look at these and other health, environmental, and national security costs hidden in every barrel of oil. While the petroleum industry is raking in huge profits, Tamminen shows, it is studiously avoiding measures that would lessen the hazards of its products. Using the successful lawsuits by state governments against big tobacco as a model, the author sets forth a bold strategy to hold oil and auto companies accountable and force industry reform. He also offers a blueprint for developing alternative energy sources based on California's real world experiences.
Certain to be controversial, 'Lives Per Gallon' is an unblinking assessment of the true price of petroleum and a prescription for change. The choice is clear: continuing paying with our health, or kick our addiction and evolve beyond an oil-dependent economy.
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.
Review(s): ":...launches a blistering attack on the practices of the world''s oil and automobile industries..." - Sacramento Bee