Long-time educator, historian, and climate activist, Twyla Dell, Ph.D., has recently published Goodnight Gasoline available on Amazon for Earth Day, April 22, 2021.
The book is a 20-page picture book that illustrates some powerful truths needed to stop climate change now. This is Dr. Dell’s 6th book on the environment.
Highway vehicles release about 1.7 billion tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere each year — mostly in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2) — contributing to global climate change. Each gallon of gasoline burnt creates 20 pounds of GHG. That’s roughly 6 to 9 tons of GHG each year for a typical vehicle. Every mile a car, SUV, or light truck travels leaves behind about a pound of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air.
According to Dr. Dell, “your odometer not only tells you the number of miles on that vehicle, but it also tells you how many pounds of CO2 your car has left behind per mile. There is no pollution greater than burning gasoline, and there is no greater act of stopping pollution than to stop burning gasoline.”
Dr. Dell believes we can still stop climate change if we all join together to stop burning gasoline because we CANNOT stop climate change unless we stop burning gasoline: “If we each do our part we will decrease and destroy the old gasoline-burning paradigm as quickly as possible.” The new paradigm will be a combination of electric and self-driving cars, electronic communication, and a redesign of our public spaces.
Twyla Dell is a published author, an environmental leader, and a fuel transition historian. Having written five environmental books, she is podcasting and blogging on reducing gasoline use. She worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and offered The Environmental Leadership Program for business leaders, teachers, and students in Overland Park, KS for 6 years.
She also worked to create “Eco-Kansas City” in 1995 and managed the 25th anniversary of Earth Day. In 1996, her book, ‘The Corporate Environmental Leader: Five Steps to A New Ethic’, was published. Her thesis, ‘Flame Furnace, Fuel: Creating Kansas City in the 19th Century’, was a case study of fuel use in Kansas City.
Twyla is an experienced speaker. She graduated from Antioch University Graduate School, with a Ph.D. in environmental studies in 2009.