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By Terry Tamminen

I stumbled on this e-book whereas learning an Economics Masters thesis. As a person that has been focusing progressively more on strength similar matters, I picked this e-book up.

To say the least, it's very intellectually cheating. whereas some of the issues he says have a few grain of fact, he in many instances cherry alternatives to help his view that the realm will cave in if we do not do anything drastic instantly. I particuarly cherished how he attempted to indicate that his cigarette smoking father should not have died of emphysema if we did not have any smog.

He begins out by way of overblowing the environmental harm that oil construction and intake expenses - yet then has the hubris to say we are going to be out in many years besides. If we'll be out, it'll appear that the environmental challenge it factors will stop in a couple of years.

This leads me to his terrible prediction of skyrocketing oil costs and grim photo of the long run (which in his brain is in 2025). His estimation of oil reserves is cherry picked to aid his panic inducing tone.

The fact is that there's loads petroleum on the planet that the one issue of use could in reality be the enironmental price. In my brain, he misplaced major credibility by means of claiming we might have oil shortages via 2025.

He additionally is going right into a tirade approximately overseas oil, implying that every one of our oil comes from sheiks which are attempting to bomb us. as a matter of fact our unmarried greatest provider of oil is Canada. Mexico is #2 and Venezuela #3. actually, if he had counting Canada's tar sands, Canada has extra oil than the other nation on the earth. If we have been to count number oil shale (which is barely budget friendly to provide at 70-90 a barrel) the united states has the power to be strength self sufficient with this resource on my own.

Overall, this e-book spouts out loads of numbers with out particularly interpreting the context of the values. He cherry alternatives to get price estimates that bolster his view element (and most likely additional his profession and admiration among the devoted) and comfortably ignores every little thing else.

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We are involuntarily subjected to the toxins created by petroleum 100 percent of the time and along every step on the journey of life. What do we know with relative certainty about the effects of petroleum toxins on our health at various points in our lives? Petroleum Threats from Womb to Tomb In truth, the risks do not wait for us to come into the world, but rather begin their assault in the womb. Looking at thousands of Los Angeles–area expectant mothers, researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles found that those exposed for as little as a month to high levels of smog (mostly ozone and carbon monoxide) were three times more likely to have babies with physical deformities, including cleft lips and palates and defective heart valves, when compared with national averages for birth defects.

Oil is much more toxic to coastal fish, birds, and mammals than short-term laboratory bioassay studies used during the 1970s and 1980s [predicted],” explains Dr. Riki Ott, a former commercial fisher and oil researcher, who lives in Alaska and has dedicated her life to uncovering the truth about both the Exxon Valdez spill and the chronic effects of petroleum exposure to wildlife and humans. 94 Comprehensive field and lab studies conducted from 1994 to 2000 in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill reveal that oil pollution persists for decades, chronically exposing humans and animals to significant problems.

Shores, it will be transported by an extensive network of pipelines from which it may well escape. 26 Spills from pipelines across Tamminen-03-Ch02 (27-52) 34 7/24/06 11:16 AM Page 34 LIVES PER GALLON every state in the country are blamed on structural damage, equipment failures, and operator errors. S. 29 • In the largest settlement in USEPA history, Colonial Pipeline Company was found responsible in 2003 for violating the Clean Water Act seven times and spilling 1,450,000 gallons of oil over a period of several years across five states.

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