Internal Combustion

Internal Combustion : How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Subverted the Alternatives

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Author Edwin Black has mined scores of corporate and governmental archives to assemble thousands of previously uncovered and long-forgotten documents and studies into this dramatic story. Black traces a continuum of rapacious energy cartels and special interests dating back nearly 5,000 years, from wood to coal to oil, and 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, despite the little-known efforts of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford to mass-produce electric cars powered by personal backyard energy stations. Black also documents how General Motors criminally 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. The story comes full-circle to the present day oil crises, global warming and beyond. Black showcases overlooked compressed-gas, electric and hydrogen cars on the market today, as well as inexpensive all-function home energy units that could eliminate much oil usage.
His eye-opening call for a Manhattan Project for immediate energy independence will help energize society to finally take action.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 38.1mm | 816.46g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0312359071
  • 9780312359072

About Edwin Black

Edwin Black is the award-winning, " New York Times" best-selling journalist and author of five previous books, including" IBM and the Holocaust" and" War Against the Weak." He has been nominated eight times for the Pulitzer Prize, twice for the National Book Award. In 2003, Black won the top two awards of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Best Book of the Year and Best Investigative Article of the year, both for "IBM and the Holocaust." His books have been published in 50 editions, in 13 languages in 60 countries, and he has appeared on numerous major news and current events TV and radio shows, including" Oprah!, " the" Today Show," NBC's "Dateline" and CNN's" Wolf Blitzer Reports."
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