Auto Mania: Cars, Consumers, and the Environment by Tom McCarthy

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By Tom McCarthy

The twentieth-century American adventure with the car has a lot to inform us in regards to the courting among patron capitalism and the surroundings, Tom McCarthy contends. In Auto Mania he offers the 1st environmental heritage of the auto that exhibits how customer wish (and producer judgements) created affects around the product lifecycle—from uncooked fabric extraction to production to purchaser use to disposal.


From the provocative public antics of younger millionaires who owned the 1st vehicles early within the 20th century to the SUV craze of the Nineteen Nineties, Auto Mania explores advancements that touched the surroundings. alongside the best way McCarthy examines how Henry Ford’s fetish for waste relief tempered the environmental affects of version T mass creation; how Elvis Presley’s extensively shared postwar hope for Cadillacs made issues worse; how the Nineteen Seventies power situation harm small autos; and why child boomers neglected concerns approximately international warming.


McCarthy indicates that difficulties have been well-known early. the trouble used to be addressing them, an issue much less of doing medical examine and teaching the general public than imposing suggestions via America’s industry financial system and democratic executive. buyer and manufacturer pursuits have not often aligned in priceless methods, and automakers and shoppers have made strong competitors of legislation. the outcome has been a combined checklist of environmental reform with troubling clients for the future.

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Was a disgruntled grouch with a thou­ sand complaints. " Model T jokes were part of this lore and of the same flavor as the complaints.

Almost everybody yearns to own an automobile, and comparatively few can do more than hope - not too confidently- that in the future they too may have a chance to rush along the highway in a private locomotive. " "Among the multitude of problems which are facing the automobile trade and sport there is perhaps none which is more Foresight and Emotion perplexing than the proper estimate of the chauffeur as a class," A. B. Tucker wrote in 1903. "He is at present far from being a fixed quantity. As an element in automobile life he is looked upon with varying degrees of importance.

Rural landowners had a legitimate proprietary interest in their roads. They found it especially galling to The Arrogance of Wealth have wealthy drivers speeding up and down their roads, frightening their horses and raising dust, or to have affluent tourists come and gawk at them, flaunting their wealth and privilege. 29 Although acts of popular resistance to the automobile added further "adven­ ture" to driving, in fact they took the pleasure out of the experience because they robbed the driver of a sense of mastery, which hurt the early automobilists where it counted most.

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