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

Edwin Black

Edwin Black, the 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. Black then brings the story full-circle to the present-day oil crises, global warming, and beyond. He 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, along with its interactive Web site www.internalcombustionbook.com, will generate a much-needed national debate at a crucial time. It should be heard 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.

Edwin Black, the 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. Black then brings the story full-circle to the present-day oil crises, global warming, and beyond. He 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, along with its interactive Web site www.internalcombustionbook.com, will generate a much-needed national debate at a crucial time. It should be heard 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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Edwin Black, the 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. Black then brings the story full-circle to the present-day oil crises, global warming, and beyond. He 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, along with its interactive Web site www.internalcombustionbook.com, will generate a much-needed national debate at a crucial time. It should be heard 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Stephen Hoye

Length:

16h 6m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

12:07


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

26:52


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

58:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

23:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

37:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:33:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

54:15


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:21:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:01:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:17:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:25:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:39:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:13:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

00:31