Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller by Jeff Rubin
Oil and the End of Globalization

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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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About Jeff Rubin

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Jeff Rubin is the author of the bestselling Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, which sold over 50,000 copies and was named one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times. Rubin was the Chief Economist and Chief Strategist at CIBC World Markets, where he worked for over twenty years. 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 blogs weekly for The Globe and Mail and lives in Toronto.
Published May 19, 2009 by Random House. 306 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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The global economy, which has been propelled over the 20th century by cheap oil, is about to get a nasty slap in the face

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