In his section on reducing carbon footprint and on stopping using fossil-fuel based transportation, Beavan offers these interesting statistics about cars and America:
- American adults average 72 minutes per day behind the wheel of a car (twice as much as the average American father spends with his kids).
- 17 percent of the average American's income goes toward the costs of owning and running a car.
- Americans spend the equivalent of 105 million weeks of time sitting in traffic jams.
- People who ride bikes or walk to work are 24 percent more likely to be happy with their commute than those who drive cars.
It's a very thoughtful book, much more than just an attention-grabbing stunt.