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The Last Oil Shock by David Strahan
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Jan 02, 12

bookshelves: economics, sustainability, environment
Read in January, 2012

The author's concrete solutions are weak, and weakly argued. But that takes nothing away from the book's remarkable achievement of helping to illustrate the magnitude of the challenges we face around transportation fuels.

The version I read (loaned to my by a neighbor) was four years old. I would love to see an update by the same author, given the big changes wrought by the great recession - in the U.S. alone, we've since seen peak VMT (vehicle miles traveled), massive commitment to engine efficiency upgrades via two new rounds of CAFE standards, big upticks in transit ridership, the emerging recognition of of investments in bicycling infrastructure as a key strategy, the end of SUVs and shrinking of cars and triumph of 4-cyclinder motors. Plus, the whole tar sands / gas fracking / deepwater horizon / ANWAR debate.

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