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Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
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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Greg
Aug 07, 2007 Greg rated it really liked it
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.
Robin
This is not an easy read.
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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
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Francisco Valdes
Jan 17, 2016 Francisco Valdes rated it it was amazing
An exhaustive account on the social costs of the private car. Full of useful information. I did not know that a parked car pollutes the air with dangerous fumes containing cancer-causing chemicals, for example. A must for anyone interested in health, the environment and mobility.
Tracy
Feb 27, 2008 Tracy rated it it was amazing
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.
Will
Sep 02, 2011 Will rated it it was ok
Learned a bit about how much pollution one is exposed to while driving or stuck in traffic... that's about it.
Ben
May 08, 2007 Ben rated it really liked it
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.
De
Jan 02, 2012 De rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book will make you angry at oil companies, auto manufacturers, and others that profit from oil.
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