Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller: Oil and the End of Globalization (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, May 19, 2009 - Business & Economics
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An internationally renowned energy expert has written a book essential for every American–a galvanizing account of how the rising price and diminishing availability of oil are going to radically change our lives. Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller is a powerful and provocative book that explores what the new global economy will look like and what it will mean for all of us.

In a compelling and accessible style, Jeff Rubin reveals that despite the recent recessionary dip, oil prices will skyrocket again once the economy recovers. The fact is, worldwide oil reserves are disappearing for good. Consequently, the amount of food and other goods we get from abroad will be curtailed; long-distance driving will become a luxury and international travel rare. Globalization as we know it will reverse. The near future will be a time that, in its physical limits, may resemble the distant past.

But Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller is a hopeful work about how we can benefit–personally, politically, and economically–from this new reality. American industries such as steel and agriculture, for instance, will be revitalized. As well, Rubin prescribes priorities for President Obama and other leaders, from imposing carbon tariffs that will increase competition and productivity, to investing in mass transit instead of car-clogged highways, to forging “green” alliances between labor and management that will be good for both business and the air we breathe.

Most passionately, Rubin recommends ways every citizen can secure this better life for himself, actions that will end our enslavement to chain-store taste and strengthen our communities and timeless human values.


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User Review  - rsummer - LibraryThing

Based on a barrel of oil costing over $100.00 , Rubin details how much our lifestyle is connected to oil. Rich western countries were built on cheap oil. Dramatic changes will ensue and rapidly if oil ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brian Ross - Goodreads

It doesn't hurt to know some economics, but Rubin does an excellent job of cataloguing the forces at work and then connecting the dots to likely outcomes. The power of the book is not so much ... Read full review

Contents

Supply Shift
27
Demand Shift
57
Head Fakes
84
Heading for the Exit Lane 1 1
125
Coming Home
141
The Other Problem with Fossil Fuels
154
lust How Big ls Cleveland?
180
Going Local
209
Chasing the lnconnu
254
Acknowledgments
266
Source Notes
268
Index
279
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About the author (2009)

Jeff Rubin is the chief economist and chief strategist at CIBC World Markets. He was one of the first economists to accurately predict soaring oil prices back in 2000 and is now one of the world’s most sought-after energy experts. He lives in Toronto.


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