Mary Gresens
New Academia Publishing, 2012
158 Pages, 27 Illustrations, 17 tables
ISBN 978-0-9855698-5-3 Paperback

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About the Author

Mary Gresens has a Doctor in Liberal Studies degree from Georgetown University. She enjoyed a career of thirty years in the international automotive industry as an engineer and business executive. She was also the owner and CEO of Barefoot Motors, an electric vehicle company. She is a senior member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and has been honored as one of the Top 25 Female Leaders in Europe by the Financial Times, Top Women in the Automotive Business by Automotive News and also as one of the Top 101 Women in the German Economy by the Financial Times Europe.

About the book

While we are cognizant that carbon dioxide emissions from cars are having a lasting and negative impact on our climate and human health, we continue to do little to mitigate the harm.

It became increasingly clear that the parties contributing to the emissions problem are a set of interacting players. It also became evident that the portrayal of this system and the related environmental and resource issues as described in this work is a unique interdisciplinary synthesis of philosophy, scientific data related to climate change, automotive technology, domestic policy, and socio-historical information. New data and information confirm and support the author’s theses. Namely, that while we are cognizant that carbon dioxide emissions from passenger vehicles are having a lasting and negative impact on our climate and human health, we continue to do little to mitigate the harm we have caused and continue to cause.

The moral aspect of environmental sustainability has yet to be adequately addressed with regard to the passenger car sector. Almost all aspects of this industry involve decisions in which trade-offs are made between needs and wants. This book maintains that we all, as human beings, have a binding and inter-generational moral duty to ensure the availability of those natural resources necessary for human existence.


“Mary Gresens makes important contributions to our society’s effort to understand the consequences of the continuing degradation of its physical environment caused by some of the very technologies that made modern society possible.”

— Jay Reuscher, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Philosophy, Georgetown University.

“This analysis represents a serious and substantive attempt to deal with a pressing economic and ecological concern.”

—Terrence Reynolds, Associate Professor, Dept. of Theology, Georgetown University.

“This book addresses a real problem by using information from several disciplines, presenting the scientific evidence clearly and convincingly, and making concrete policy proposals. It points to alarming responsibility for future generations.”

—Wilfried Ver Eecke, Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, Georgetown University.