Marianne Barisonek interviews author Terry Tamminen lastest book, "Lives Per Gallon:The True Cost of our Oil Addiction" addresses the real cost of petroleum use in terms of our health, economics and well being.
How much would you pay for a gallon of gas? $4.00? $10.00? Would you pay with the health of your lungs or with years taken from your lifespan? The infamous "pain at the pump" runs much deeper than our wallets, argues Terry Tamminen, former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and current Special Advisor to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Petroleum may power our cars and heat our homes, but it also contributes to birth defects and disorders like asthma and emphysema, not to mention cancer. The choice is clear: continuing paying with our health, or kick our addiction and evolve beyond an oil-dependent economy.