In What's So Bad About Gasoline, young readers find out what uses oil--cars, airplanes, boats, factories, and countless other machines. The world is dependent on oil as its main source of energy. Although oil is plentiful right now, the supply will eventually run out, and even worse, burning oil is very damaging to the environment.
This book in the Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science series begins with a picture of cars and trucks jammed packed on a bridge that anyone who has been stuck in traffic will cringe at. Then it begins with everyday people filling up their cars with gasoline and goes on to explore what gasoline is, where it comes from, and why petroleum was known, but not valued until the late nineteenth century. Readers will learn how fuels have become widely used and depended on and have contributed to damaging our environment. The book is laid out in a simple and easy to understand format and the cartoon-like ink drawings make a difficult and serious subject fun for young readers.
But what good would a book like this be if it didn't offer alternatives and suggestions on how to cut back our gas consumption? Rockwell does just that and points out alternatives such as solar power, wind power, nuclear energy, and alternative fuels. The closing pages offer fast facts about gasoline and list related Internet sites. In a history section that moves quickly through the centuries, Rockwell presents facts that may intrigue adults as well as children.