Includes bibliographical references (pages 312-335) and index.
pt. 1. The siren song -- How the sirens sing -- An ode to oil -- Flexible power -- The cheap oil window -- Time for space -- The great American expansion -- The crescendo and the crash -- pt. 2. Terra nova -- Holding council -- Gate duties -- Moving to town -- Roads to rails -- Invest in the sun -- pt. 3. Ramifications -- A future -- Cost, sacrifice, and evolution -- Collateral benefits.
Blending together natural history, architecture, chemistry, and politics, a senior conservation ecologist presents a roadmap for renewing economic growth, revitalizing communities, and creating a sustainable environment.