Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability

Paperback | April 25, 2010

byDaniel Sperling, Deborah Gordon

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Today there are over a billion vehicles in the world, and within twenty years, the number will double, largely a consequence of China's and India's explosive growth. Given that greenhouse gases are already creating havoc with our climate and that violent conflict in unstable oil-rich nationsis on the rise, will matters only get worse? Or are there hopeful signs that effective, realistic solutions can be found? Blending a concise history of cars and their impact on the world, leading transportation experts Daniel Sperling and Deborah Gordon explain how we arrived at this state, and what we can do about it. Sperling and Gordon assign blame squarely where it belongs-on the auto-industry, short-sightedgovernment policies, and consumers. They explore such solutions as getting beyond the gas-guzzler monoculture, re-inventing cars, searching for low-carbon fuels, and more. Promising advances in both transportation technology and fuel efficiency together with shifts in traveler behavior, theysuggest, offer us a way out of our predicament. The authors conclude that the two places that have the most troublesome emissions problems - California and China - are the most likely to become world leaders on these issues. Arnold Schwarzenegger's enlightened embrace of eco-friendly fuel policies, which he discusses in the foreword, and China'sforthright recognition that it needs far-reaching environmental and energy policies, suggest that if they can tackle the issue effectively and honestly, then there really is reason for hope. Updated with a new afterword that sheds light on the profound changes in the global economy in the lastyear, Two Billion Cars makes the case for why and how we need to transform transportation now more than ever.

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Today there are over a billion vehicles in the world, and within twenty years, the number will double, largely a consequence of China's and India's explosive growth. Given that greenhouse gases are already creating havoc with our climate and that violent conflict in unstable oil-rich nationsis on the rise, will matters only get worse?...

Daniel Sperling is Professor of Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis, and Founding Director of UC-Davis's Institute of Transportation Studies. He also serves on the California Air Resources Board. Deborah Gordon is a senior transportation policy consultant who has worked with the Nati...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:April 25, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199737231

ISBN - 13:9780199737239

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback EditionForewordAcknowledgments1. Surviving Two Billion CarsTransportation Trends: Headed in the Wrong DirectionRoadmap to SurvivalHard Work Ahead2. Beyond the Gas-Guzzler MonocultureInternal Combustion: From the Model T to Cars on SteroidsThe Quest for a Better Engine: Electric Drive TechnologyBeyond Cars: New Options for Personal MobilityThe Coming Transformations3. Breaking Detroit's Hold on Energy and Climate PolicyThe Making of the Detroit MindsetThe Jolt of Japanese CompetitionMoving Detroit Toward Green4. In Search of Low-Carbon FuelsPetroleum Fuels in TransitionAlternative Fuels Past, Present, and FutureSteps Toward a Post-Petroleum World5. Aligning Big Oil with the Public InterestThe Changing Oil SupplyUnconventional Oil: Savior or Disaster?The Changing Oil IndustryBig Oil's Environmental EpiphanyBig Carrots and Big Sticks6. The Motivated ConsumerThe Car-Centric AmericanFrom Mean to Green: Shifting Consumer IdentitiesAligning Incentives with Socially and Environmentally Responsible Behavior7. California's Pioneering RoleFrom Smog and Sprawl to Environmental LeadershipLeadership in Climate and Air Quality PolicyLeadership in Clean Energy TechnologyThe Trendsetting California ConsumerCalifornia's Ripple Effect8. Stimulating Chinese InnovationChina's Extreme MakeoverToward an Enlightened Car PolicyInnovations That Might Spread From ChinaHow the Rest of the World Can Help China Help Us All9. Driving Toward SustainabilityImagining Futurama IIIOur Strategy for Getting ThereTransforming VehiclesTransforming FuelsTransforming Consumer and Local Government BehaviorRealizing the Vision

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"In this insightful and persuasive book, Sperling and Gordon highlight one of the biggest environmental challenges of this century: two billion cars. They rightly contend that we cannot avert the worst of global warming without making our cars cleaner and petroleum-free. Luckily the authorsalso offer a roadmap for navigating this problem that is both visionary and achievable." --Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council