Internal Combustion

Internal Combustion

How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives

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The tale of corruption and manipulation that subjected the world to an oil addiction that could have been avoided, that was never necessary, and that could be ended not in ten years, not in five years, but today. Investigative journalist Black mined corporate and governmental archives to assemble thousands of previously undiscovered documents and studies into this dramatic story. He traces a continuum of rapacious energy cartels and special interests dating back from wood to coal to oil, then to the bicycle and electric battery cartels of the 1890s, which created thousands of electric vehicles that plied American streets a century ago--but those noiseless and clean cars were scuttled by petroleum interests. Black also documents how General Motors conspired to undermine mass transit in dozens of cities and how Big Oil, Big Corn, and Big Coal have subverted synthetic fuels and other alternatives.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312359072
Branch Call Number: 333.8232 Black
Characteristics: xxiv, 408 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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Oct 19, 2013

We should be reminded by the recent shutdown of the American government (cost to taxpayers: $24 billion, minimum) led by the tea party candidate from Texas, Ted Cruz, and that one of his donors was Berkshire Hathaway, whose principal, Warren Buffett proclaimed that the rich should pay their taxes, while his company, Berkshire Hathaway, has been tied up in the tax courts for many years because they don't wish to pay any taxes owed! Also, that Buffett owns the railroad BNSF and energy holding companying involved in transporting the coal across Washington state and, that Buffett was instrumental in lobbying against any required changes in the credit default swap in particular, and credit derivatives in general, during the creation of the Dodd-Frank "financial reform" legislation. In other words, this book excellently deails the details underlying many changes, of an anti-progressive flavor, in America's transportation and similar processes while presenting a logical argument for a radical change in the self-serving status quo.


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