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Thursday, July 17, 2008

A Crude Awakening!

Isn't that a clever name? It's the name of a recently purchased DVD. The full title is A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash [DVD 333.823 CRU] and the cover describes it as
An unforgettable and shocking wake-up call, A Crude Awakening offers the rock-solid argument that the era of cheap oil is in the past. Relentless and clear-eyed, this intensively-researched film drills deep into the uncomfortable realities of a world that is both addicted to fossil fuels and blissfully unaware of the looming "peak oil" crisis.

I won't get into a discussion of whether or not climate change is a real issue, but it does seem to me to be fairly obvious that there is a looming crisis with regard to oil--its availability, its cost, and its future as an energy resource. A little word of advice: we can't function as a society if our collective head is in the sand.

If you want to do a little reading we have a number of books in our collection that deal with the topic of the oil crisis, one example is Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil by David L. Goodstein [622.1828 GOO].

So what do we do about our gas-guzzling vehicles? Buying a scooter is not a long-term solution! One idea that has been around since the early years of the 20th century is the electric car--Thomas Edison considered them, and President Woodrow Wilson's wife, Edith, rode in one back in 1904!

Here's a 1919 electric car at a "re-charging station."

The long history is covered in Electric and Hybrid Cars by Curtis D. Anderson [629.2293 AND]. I read an article yesterday about the latest in electric cars. It is informative, and, it has pictures! Make sure you take a peek at what the future may hold...

"Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers" (their mother knows them as Tom and Ray Magliozzi) of NPR's Car Talk, hosted a NOVA program on public television called Car of the Future: Engineering for the Environment. The library now owns a copy [DVD 629.222 CAR]. You're sure to find it both enlightening and amusing!

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