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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (315 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Steiner Narrator: John Wolfe Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Imagine an everyday world in which the price of gasoline (and oil) continues to go up, and up, and up. Think about the immediate impact that would have on our lives.

Of course, everybody already knows how about gasoline has affected our driving habits. People can't wait to junk their gas-guzzling SUVs for a new Prius. But there are more, not-so-obvious changes on the horizon that Chris Steiner tracks brilliantly in this provocative work.

Consider the following societal changes: people who own homes in far-off suburbs will soon realize that there's no longer any market for their houses (reason: nobody wants to live too far away because it's too expensive to commute to work). Telecommuting will begin to expand rapidly. Trains will become the mode of national transportation (as it used to be) as the price of flying becomes prohibitive. Families will begin to migrate southward as the price of heating northern homes in the winter is too pricey. Cheap everyday items that are comprised of plastic will go away because of the rising price to produce them (plastic is derived from oil). And this is just the beginning of a huge and overwhelming domino effect that our way of life will undergo in the years to come.

Steiner, an engineer by training before turning to journalism, sees how this simple but constant rise in oil and gas prices will totally re-structure our lifestyle. But what may be surprising to readers is that all of these changes may not be negative - but actually will usher in some new and very promising aspects of our society.

Steiner will probe how the liberation of technology and innovation, triggered by climbing gas prices, will change our lives. The book may start as an alarmist's exercise.... but don't be misled. The future will be exhilarating. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marci | 2/19/2014

    " Interesting book to make one stop & think how dependent our life is on petrol & what it'll mean when it's no longer available. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenn | 2/18/2014

    " Not only did I learn how the rise cost of gas will change our travel habits, but also how it will impact where we live, how we shop, and where we get our food. Europe is on the right path; however America has a long way to go to be able to cope with the inevitable increases in oil prices. We say we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, yet our leaders aren't doing a fraction of what can be done to achieve that goal. The author put together a very thorough, well-researched argument on how our lives will actually improve when gas becomes too much for the average American to afford. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rachael | 2/15/2014

    " I really appreciated the food for thought -- it's made for some great conversations. One of the best aspects of the book was to focus on people who are currently working on the ideas or technologies we'll be needing in the future. Fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Seligne | 2/15/2014

    " Much in the way of interesting facts, but far too optimistic I think. The future Steiner sees looks a lot like the present extrapolated. "

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