New ZOOM The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future

He support act veryone groans you ache for the first half of the book history about oil and the US car industry to be over so that you can hear about thoughts on the future It s frustratingOverall it s well researched and there are some interesting sections but it s been badly organised and in places like when the xact same half page length paragraph is used word for word in two chapters poorly xecuted Some thoughts on Zoom The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the FutureThis 2007 book is written by two correspondents for The Economist and provides a US centric view of the geopolitical and Bill Veeck's Crosstown Classic (Chicago Shorts) economic forces that link Big Oil and Big Auto and of the potential for a hydrogenconomy to resolve the Antarctica environmental issues surrounding the burning of fossil fuels The first six chapters provide a rather disjointed overview of the history of cars and oil companies and thefforts that these industries have made to preserve their dominant positions While interesting the book really begins in Part III with a discussion of the growth of Asian Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930s America economies and the impact that increasing car ownership will have on thenvironment and the oil supply The following two chapters talk about clean fuels and smart cars and of the need for political change in Washington to level the playing field and allow clean nergy to developFor some time I have been thinking about the role that business will play in solving the nergy Cartesian Questions: Method and Metaphysics environmental issues that we face today This book presents the first argument that I have read for something which I believe is key that the price of fuel needs to reflect its true cost to society includingxternalities such as security health and nvironmental harm It is ludicrous that the price of petrol is so low in the USA but the true cost needs to account for than simply the huge subsidies provided to highly profitable oil majors Think for xample how much the price would rise if the cost of the Ira wars were included I must point out that while the authors do talk about the cost of nergy security they don t suggest that the Ira wars were about the oil Zoom proposes five points1 Americans need to pay honest prices for fossil fuels The price of gasoline must reflect the true cost to society imposed by its nvironmental geopolitical and conomic harm This would level the playing field so that clean alternatives have a fighting chance2 The business of business is business Don t xpect corporations to act out of goodwill charity or corporate social responsibility to tackle oil addiction There is nothing immoral or surprising about oil companies selling oil or car companies selling SUVs3 Leave it to the market to pick the winners History shows that it is disastrous to The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930-1980 expect the government to back promising technologies It s best to leave this to the dynamism of markets andntrepreneurs4 Government must act While bureaucrats should not push favoured technologies there is a clear case for government intervention in Confession energy andnvironmental policy due to the costly xternalities involved in burning fossil fuels5 Individual action is the ssential catalyst for change The key to driving change in America s political system is grassroots involvementI am inclined to agree with all of these points I was hoping to learn about a potential hydrogen conomy but nevertheless njoyed this book and was very interested in the conomic arguments presented here I was hoping that this book would be an insight into all that is happening in alternative fuels and into what we can xpect from automobiles in the near and distant Future Instead It Was instead it was a history of the American Automobile and Oil industry It was worth my reading considering my interests and desire for knowledge in these areas however it was fairly redundant and basically regurgitating of facts and conomic figures If you really care about cars and alt fuels this might be worth your while just so you have a base to move forward from but if you have been into these things for a while you probably don t need to read this also it will uickly be out Of EforeDrawing On Years Of date. on years of research including dozens of interviews with motor and nergy Cezanne a Study of His Development executives top policymakers and latter day Fords and Edisons Carson and Vaitheeswaranxplain How Toyota became the world's largest automaker through innovation and superior performance Why American politicians have for decades failed to address our You Owe Me One energy issues and global warming and how grassroots movements along with individualntrepreneurs innovators and outsiders are making real reform possible How these Green revolutionaries are creating new products powered by hydrogen Democratic Art: The New Deal's Influence on American Culture electricity bio fuels and digital technologyAs political leaders debate ournergy Obsession: An Erotic Tale environmental andconomic future Zoom offers a lucid and visionary portrait of what that future could be Anyone planning to vote will find compelling truth in its assertions and conclusion. ,


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Well I really interested in future nergy and this book is absolutely in my shopping list I hope I can buy or get it soon Looks like it s contain a pro and contra stuffs really fascinating and challenging to readfinally I have bought this book at Kinokuniya 209000 IDR worth the price yes I ll write some review about this book later after I finish reading it Some thoughts on Zoom The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the FutureThis 2007 book is written by two correspondents for The Economist and provides a US centric view of the geopolitical FutureThis 2007 book is written by two correspondents for The Economist and provides a US centric view of the geopolitical conomic forces that link Big Oil and Big Auto and of the potential for a hydrogen Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice economy to resolve thenvironmental issues surrounding the burning of fossil fuels The first six chapters provide a rather disjointed overview of the history of cars and oil companies and the Edicts of Asoka efforts that these industries have made to preserve their dominant positions While interesting the book really begins in Part III with a discussion of the growth of Asianconomies and the impact that increasing car ownership will have on the Upgrade Soul environment and the oil supply The following two chapters talk about clean fuels and smart cars and of the need for political change in Washington to level the playing field and allow cleannergy to developFor some time I have been thinking about the role that business will play in solving the nergy nvironmental issues that we face today This book presents the first argument that I have read for something which I believe is key that the price of fuel needs to reflect its true cost to society including xternalities such as security health and nvironmental harm It is ludicrous that the price of petrol is so low in the USA but the true cost needs to account for than simply the huge subsidies provided to highly profitable oil majors Think for Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist example how much the price would rise if the cost of the Ira wars were included I must point out that while the authors do talk about the cost ofnergy security they don t suggest that the Ira wars were about the oil Zoom proposes five points1 Americans need to pay honest prices for fossil fuels The price of gasoline must reflect the true cost to society imposed by its nvironmental geopolitical and conomic harm This would level the playing field so that clean alternatives have a fighting chance2 The business Of Business Is Business Don T Expect Corporations To Act business is business Don t xpect corporations to act of goodwill charity or corporate social responsibility to tackle oil addiction There is nothing immoral or surprising about oil companies selling oil or car companies selling SUVs3 Leave it to the market to pick the winners History shows that it is disastrous to xpect the government to back promising technologies It s best to leave this to the dynamism of markets and Imaginary Runner entrepreneurs4 Government must act While bureaucrats should not push favoured technologies there is a clear case for government intervention innergy and From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 environmental policy due to the costlyxternalities involved in burning fossil fuels5 Individual action is the Fresh Water essential catalyst for change The key to driving change in America s political system is grassroots involvementI am inclined to agree with all of these points I was hoping to learn about a potential hydrogenconomy but nevertheless French Daguerreotypes enjoyed this book and was very interested in theconomic arguments presented here Listened to the abridged audio version of this and really njoyed it The book offers a balanced look at the history behind our addiction to oil some glimpses of amazing new technology and an optimistic yet cautionary conclusion and call to arms It is narrated by one of the an optimistic yet cautionary conclusion and call to arms It is narrated by one of the Vijay Vaitheeswaran and I njoyed his presentation Plus I met Vijay a couple of years ago when he was on campus for a faculty vent and I had my picture taken with him how cool is that This is a good book on the future of fuel for our cars lectricity thanol gas natural gas tc I was fascinated with the history of why we came addicted to oil including when Franklin D Roosevelt went to Saudi Arabia to promise we will defend them Zoom goes zero to sixty in nothing flat It's an Twelve Days of Pleasure exciting ride into the future of the world's favorite physical object the automobile Gregg Easterbrook author of THE PROGRESS PARADOX Zoom offers a new way to think about cars andnergy that's key to understanding the forces shaping business today It's smart well informed and insightful xactly what one would xpect from two of The Economist's best journalists Chris Anderson author of THE LONG TAIL Zoom puts oil in its sights and sueezes off one telling round after another Car lovers will see a sunny future with other fuels; OPEC a steadily darkening twilight R James Woolsey VP Booz Allen Hamilton; former Director of Central Intelligence An incisive analysis of the nd of the petroleum age including all its repercussions and opportunities Vinod Khosla Khosla Ventures Oil is the problem Cars. F they promise to alway give us oil at the nd of WWII I was amazed that Saudi Arabia can produce oil for less than 2barrel So when prices get to high and alternative fuels start looking good they can drop pricesI learned that hydrogen is a long long way away But Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France electricity is coming soon I hope so for the sake of global warming Oil and money That s what drives the world This was interestingven though written in 2007 Big companies don t care at all about climate change and doing what is best for the Earth This book is a bit disjointed and not a page turner yet it was revealing to read about the car companies the motivations and interrelationships between countries I feel certain after reading this that there is no hope for a just world when great science and ideas are available yet ignored because they would disrupt the corrupt system already in place Why you want to run your cars on something other than oil Authors Iain Carson and Vijay V Vaitheeswaran depict Big Oil and Big Auto as the ngines behind much of the world s climate problem Rather than condemn both they look ahead And Describe How China Or describe how China or US with the help of major car manufacturers could lead the way to an oil free future They understand that personal transportation is too beneficial to dismiss out of hand but that it must change They acknowledge that the world will not run out of oil any time soon but caution that the remaining concentrations are in the hands of countries that are unfriendly to big oil companies and the West Moving away from foreign oil reuiring greater fuel fficiency and using biofuels look like the right first steps they Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild explain The authorsxpect the batteries fuel cells and ven hydrogen their particular long term dream to dominate in future They note alternatives to vision but xpress their opinions uite firmly You may bristle if you disagree with a point or two but getAbstract finds their overall Electromyography for Experimentalists emphasis on weaning cars from oil and driving into a prosperous postcarbon future uite interesting along with their plea to readers to become part of grassroots movements for change I had mixed feelings on this book The future ofnergy is obviously a topic that I m really interested in And as the authors both write for the Economist I figured it would be well written knowledgeable and informative It was informative and fairly knowledgeable but surprisingly poorly written I think the main problem stemmed from the fact that it was written by two authors The reason I say this is that the authors had an irritating tendency to repeat themselves or likely Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 each other Also for the first 200 pages of the book there is little that could be labelled a coherent argument It is like a haphazard lurch through the automobile and oil industries with random anecdotes and interviews with the industries big names sprinkled in Of course while this is a bit frustrating the authors are obviously well tuned in to the oil and automobile scenes which makes these chapters informative despite the lack of arguments The one other frustrating aspect of the book was the writing style The Economist magazine prides itself on its objectivity above all articles always attempt to look at both sides of the argument This is anxcellent uality in a magazine and a good uality in a book but for the first two thirds of the book I felt that the authors went a little bit too far in trying to present a balanced picture to the detriment of presenting any actual opinion or making a compelling argument Despite all of these complaints I was glad to have read this book The final 100 pages are unified than the previous 200 and once the authors got to their point I thought it was a good one I learned a lot in anecdotes than in hard facts but ven so I feel like I have a better understanding of these issues than I did when I started the book The subtitle of The race to power the car of the future is overcooked this is a book largely about the oil and largely about oil in the US conomyLike when you go to a comedy gig or concert and they announce Are the solution Those two simple sentences by the authors of Zoom define the scope of their illuminating and important book an xamination of a transformation in business and culture that is occurring before our yes We are living in the midst of a Great Awakening People are seeking nvironmentally sound alternatives to gas guzzlers Detroit's reign is over Oil companies despite their billion dollar profits could be on the brink of xtinction if they don't adapt And citizens all too aware that these industries have lobbied politicians into gridlock over La heredera del mar energy policy are mobilizing to support leaders who advocate new policies In Zoom Iain Carson and Vijay V Vaitheeswaran award winning correspondents for The Economist show why and how geopolitical andconomic forces are compelling the linked industries of oil and autos to change as never ZOOM The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future