We've grown used to engorging ourselves on the back of cheap oil and it has lead to all manners of problems. As the price of gas goes up, we'll live closer to work, school, eat healthier foods and even be skinnier and safer. The book profiles research that connects cheap oil to America's obesity rate and to the daunting numbers of people that die on our roadways. As the price of gas goes up to, say, $6, we'll save more than $30 billion on obesity-related diseases, 10,000 fewer people will die in car crashes and thousands of people will be spared heart attack deaths related to air pollution. Those kinds of effects will only be magnified as the price of gas rises further. And that's just a sampling of the benefits.Steiner emphasizes that $20-per-gallon gasoline lies "far ahead in the future." But he adds that some of the changes he predicts -- such as the collapse of the airline industry -- may occur much sooner. It's hard to predict when prices will rise or fall, let alone how much. Is it too soon to think about how plastics companies -- and their customers -- will be impacted by super-high fuel prices?
Preparing for $20-per-gallon gasoline
Christopher Steiner, an Evanston, Ill.-based senior staff reporter at Forbes magazine is getting attention this week for his new book, "$20 Per Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better." This topic is interesting, entertaining, and more than a little frightening. Change can be scary. But Steiner is taking an "Always look at the bright side of life" attitude about high fuel prices that's sure to attract attention from journalists. Perhaps Steiner is taking the whole every-cloud-has-a-silver lining concept to an extreme when he says:
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