Transport Revolutions: moving people and freight without oil, second edition
By Richard Gilbert and Anthony Perl
About this book
First released in 2007, the best-selling Transport Revolutions argued that land transport in the first half of the 21st century will feature at least two revolutions. One will involve the use of electric drives rather than internal combustion engines. Another will involve powering many of these drives directly from the electric grid – as trains and trolley buses are powered today – rather than from on-board fuel.
Now available for the first time in paperback and updated with the most recent data, it sets out the challenges to our growing dependence on transport fuelled by low-priced oil. These challenges include an early peak in world oil production and profound climate change resulting in part from oil use. It proposes responses to ensure effective, secure movement of people and goods in ways that make the best use of renewable sources of energy while minimizing environmental impacts. Synthesizing engineering, economics, environment, organization, policy and technology in a detailed yet highly readable style, Transport Revolutions is essential reading for anyone working, studying or interested in transport and the environment.
"This remarkably timely, optimistic and practical book is about transitioning painlessly in two stages to an oil-depleted world. Gilbert and Perl have assembled, digested, and integrated a staggering amount of information, and they describe the revolutions ahead in clear, readable, non-jargony prose."—Tony Hiss, author of The Experience of Place: a new way of dealing with our radically changing cities and countryside, and visiting scholar, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, NYU.
"Transport Revolutions is remarkably well researched. Those who see imminent catastrophic decline in oil based energy for mobile transport will probably regard the authors Gilbert and Perl as being much too conservative or passive. Those who crave a future that can proceed as 'business as usual' will regard this work as too disruptive and too much of a call to us all to mend our ways. Alternative energy sources, forms and modalities are defined in an objective overview of the various options. The case for renewables and the nuclear option is made with objective analysis. In summary Transport Revolutions is a work of great merit and standard of measure."—Rt Hon Edward Schreyer, former Governor General of Canada, former Premier of Manitoba.
About the authors
Richard Gilbert is a Toronto-based consultant who focuses on transport and energy issues, with recent public- and private-sector clients in North America, Europe and Asia.
Anthony Perl is a professor of political science and urban studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, where he directs the urban studies program.
This book costs £18.99 (not for sale in North America). Send an enquiry for purchase details.
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