Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction
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Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction

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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...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 2nd 2006 by Island Press
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If you've been thinking about how bad you think oil is in general and want some further quantification of it, this book is just the ticket. Tamminen spoke at one of my friend's grad school graduations, and she was particularly moved. Believe me after reading this you will be too.
This is not an easy read.
Babies born to smokers have cancer-causing (non-natural) chemical compounds (such as benzene and toluene) in their umbilical cord blood before they are even born.

Car exhaust is just as bad for you as cigarette smoke. Keeping the windows closed won't help. In some studies, inside car air is as bad or worse for your health than the air outside your car.

Riding the yellow school bus is especially unhealthy. Research has shown that a child riding inside a diesel school bus...more
My comments: This is a powerfully informative book that really changed my perspective on how our society gets energy. It will make you feel really disgusted, but it's important knowledge.
Learned a bit about how much pollution one is exposed to while driving or stuck in traffic... that's about it.
May 08, 2007 Ben rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
This book is immediately relevant to anyone who, I don't know, drives a car, pays taxes, or lives in the United States.
This book will make you angry at oil companies, auto manufacturers, and others that profit from oil.
truly enlightening and inspiring. pertinent referencing that covers a wide range of sources.
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