Internal Combustion: How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives (2020)

Internal Combustion How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives Internal Combustion is the compelling tale of corruption and manipulation that subjected the U S and the world to an oil addiction that could have been avoided that was never necessary and that coul
  • Title: Internal Combustion: How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives
  • Author: Edwin Black
  • ISBN: 9780312359072
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Internal Combustion is the compelling tale of corruption and manipulation that subjected the U.S and the world to an oil addiction that could have been avoided, that was never necessary, and that could be ended not in ten years, not in five years, but today Edwin Black, award winning author of IBM and the Holocaust, has mined scores of corporate and governmental archiveInternal Combustion is the compelling tale of corruption and manipulation that subjected the U.S and the world to an oil addiction that could have been avoided, that was never necessary, and that could be ended not in ten years, not in five years, but today Edwin Black, award winning author of IBM and the Holocaust, 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 He then brings the story 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 Internal Combustion, and its interactive website internalcombustionbook, will generate a much needed national debate at a crucial time It should be read by every citizen who consumes oil everyone Internal Combustion can change everything, not by reinventing the wheel, but by excavating it from where it was buried a century ago.
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    1. The energy density of gasoline is approximately 46 MJ kg, and that of diesel fuel is approximately 39 MJ kg The energy density of lead acid batteries is approximately 0.1 MJ kg, and that of lithium ion batteries is approximately 0.6 MJ kg A book on the history of internal combustion engines versus electric engines should begin with these numbers if it does not, it reminds me of the great engineer s saying, He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense The world runs on internal comb [...]

    2. This is a pretty ordinary history book The author does cover some interesting topics, specifically 1 The patent disputes during the very early days of the auto industry,2 Ford and Edison s aborted plan to develop an electric Model T, 3 The Milwaukee Railroad, its 600 mile electric railway over the Rockies, and its financial misfortunes,4 GM s successful scheme to buy up and shut down all the electric trolleys in the U.S in the 1930 s and 40 s, thereby forcing people to ride gasoline or diesel GM [...]

    3. I picked this book up hoping for information about the origin and development of the internal combustion IC engine as well as it s place against the competing technologies of the late 1800s Well, the book did have some of that, but not quite how I imagined it Perhaps it is a style of this author I have not read any of his other works , or perhaps this topic is one that he feels exceptionally passionate about But passionate he certainly is.For some, this book is probably a high water mark of lite [...]

    4. This was an interesting book about how the internal combustion engine ICE rose to prominence and power over the electric alternatives as early as the 1920s.I finished this book than a year ago, but here are three interesting facts that have stuck with me1 Before cars stated hitting the scene, horses were the main mode of transportation Two key problems people had with horses is that they were loud and smelly When the first ICE cars started tooling around, people had the same complaints, they we [...]

    5. Excellent research, organization and writing The author allows the reader to draw their own conclusions regarding the Edison arson at his research station in New Jersey Readers of this book must somehow learn to live with the knowledge that we were put on a fossil fuel track 100 years or so ago, by nefarious, greedy and selfish means and every living species on this planet are detrimentally effected Edwin Black does not write about the environmental impact but does write about how a few people w [...]

    6. For a very noteworthy subject that I m quite interested in, this was quite disappointing It has its moments, but many of the chapters will leave you scratching your head why am I still learning about Robin Hood Although it was nice learning the origin of that fellow, that would have been a quick trip to 3 points Things pick up once GM gets onto the scene yes, there s a lot between Robin Hood and GM and starts wiping out public transportation This is the part of the tour they don t give during th [...]

    7. I listened to this as an audiobook All 13 CDs The subject matter is excellent and of great interest to me, and as a history book should be required reading The writing style is a bit tedious and sometimes strays into way too much useless detail copies and copies of letters presented at trial Might have been better to write it with of a story narrative The book Longitude is an example of what I mean.The last 3 CDs are the best because they relate to the modern day collusion going on and the cur [...]

    8. I read this book a while ago and some of its concepts have stuck in my memory Thomas Edisons vision of self sufficient households generating their own power via windmills charging a variety of DC batteries is fascinating His work, done in the early 1900s, could be of great value 100 years later The examination of General Motor s strategy of buying up electric trolleys and elected officials and replacing them with buses is valuable Overall the author publisher fills too many pages with excruciati [...]

    9. This was a fantastic book about the history of electrical engines versus their internal combustion competition It is by the author of IBM and the Holocaust, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize So right away it is well written and exhaustively researched It is eye opening in all the right ways for people who think that electric cars are something new If you ve seen the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car this is the book to read afterwards The story of corruption and greed stretching back for [...]

    10. I enjoyed Edwin Black s book, Internal Combustion, and found it very informative It also provided fresh insight into the past record of General Motors and other key corporations in their drive to promote petroleum based internal combustion in ways that profited their own monetary interests over the interests of society at large, particularly their role in assisting the demise of mass transit in these United States It s well worth reading.

    11. This is a wonderful book It will make you mad though It talks about electric cars in 1914, electric trains, electric trolleys in all sorts of cities and how companies like GM did their best to defeat these great ideas and replace them with petroleum powered conveyances It also includes some hopeful news about technologies that are being developed right now to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels.

    12. just depressing I think I ran out of optimism once the election was over and the tension of waiting for the results to be stolen was gone I just can t seem to get myself up for reading nonfiction that is anything depressing Which takes care of about 90% of what I seem to pick up, hmmm could that be part of my problem

    13. pretty good read the author sometimes diverts his attention from the history of energy energy storage in the 19th 20th centuries the book s strong suit into op ed work very interesting tales about how the electrical vehicle industry shot itself in the foot early on how a small group of company men worked to take any electrical transportation out of commission.

    14. A great read on the history of fuel and how we got addicted to oil and its 19th Century technological wonder, the internal combustion engine Also explores the relationship of the ruling owning class to everybody else.

    15. Absolutely fascinating documentation about the turn of century alternatives that were neglected and undermined to create the infrastructure we deal with today.

    16. If one wishes to gain an historical perspective on the influence of big oil in this modern world of commerce, this is the book to read.

    17. A page turning narrative about the greed and corruption in our politically charged corporate America and how this addicted the world to oil.

    18. I agree with many of the other reviews lots of research went into this book, but the writing style and obvious anti oil point of view make it difficult at times to keep reading.

    19. Just started reading it I know Edwin Black has a follow up book, The Plan, which offers solutions for alternative sustainable fuels but thought I d get background by reading this one first.

    20. Obviously, this book was rather rabidly anti oil However, it did have some good facts and statistics that I utilized.

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