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Transport Revolutions: Moving People and Freight Without Oil

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Modern societies rely upon prodigious amounts of oil for transport activity. The impacts over the near term of increasing oil scarcity and higher prices on transport will be among the major challenges facing humanity and will require a revolution in thinking about how we move people and goods.

Transport Revolutions analyzes five prior episodes of rapid and radical change in
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by New Society Publishers (first published January 2007)
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Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very unusually, I've read a book of some relevance to my PhD. ‘Transport Revolutions’ comes from a transport policy and practise rather than theoretical perspective, making it more readable than much academic work on this subject. The authors advance the thesis that peak oil is coming - the book was published in 2008 and they estimate 2012 as the date of peak - and a revolution in transport is needed to address this.

Personally, although I am convinced by the argument that peak oil is quite imma
Muhammad al-Khwarizmi
Sound ideas about the future of our transportation system.

Also ideas that will for the most part only be implemented in practice at the last minute.

This would be a perfect book if the world were like Transport Tycoon. It isn't and notably China has failed at meeting reasonable targets proposed at the date of publication in 2008; China has embraced an internal combustion engine, automobile-driven transport culture more than ever.

The US and other countries are not doing much better either.

Go figur
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting book addressing a very important issue. It is an easy-to-read book, written in a language that is understandable even for those that are not in academia or not very much acquainted with sicentific terms and language.

The finite nature of resources (i.e. of pretty much everything that exists in the natural world) is an unavoidable reality. The question is not of course whether peak oil exists or not, but rather when it will occur. It is difficult to predict though, due to mi
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in transport issues and Peak Oil
Excellent analysis of the reason why our present, oil-dependent transport system cannot be sustained - due to its impact on the climate, but even more urgently, due to the impending peak and subsequent decline in world oil supplies. Many books in this area do a great job of outlining the problems without proposing possible solutions, but "Transport Revolutions" makes a detailed set of proposals, focusing heavily on the increased use of electricity in land transport.

A great strength of the book i
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is so dense with facts that goodreads should give me credit for at least triple the pages.
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Richard Gilbert has had many jobs during a long working life including high-school teacher, university professor, government scientist, elected politician, journalist, and consultant on transportation and urban issues with clients on five continents.

He's produced numerous non-fiction books and one novel, Skinner's Quests, published in 2016 (see
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