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The energy of slaves : oil and the new servitude

Author: Andrew Nikiforuk; David Suzuki Foundation.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC ; Berkeley [Calif.] : Greystone Books ; Vancouver, BC : David Suzuki Foundation ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed in the U.S. by Publishers Group West, ©2012.
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By the winner of the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. Ancient civilizations relied on shackled human muscle. It took the energy of slaves to plant crops, clothe emperors, and build cities. Nineteenth-century slaveholders viewed critics as hostilely as oil companies and governments now regard environmentalists. Yet the abolition movement had an invisible ally: coal and oil. As the world's most versatile workers,  Read more...
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Nikiforuk, Andrew, 1955-
Energy of slaves
Vancouver, BC : Greystone Books, 2012
[electronic resource].
(OCoLC)798534285
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Nikiforuk; David Suzuki Foundation.
ISBN: 1553659783 9781553659785 1553659791 9781553659792
OCLC Number: 777601880
Description: xii, 282 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The energy of slaves --
Slaves to energy --
The oil pioneer --
The new servitude --
The unsettling of agriculture --
The Viagra of the species --
The urban fire --
The economist's delusion --
Peak science --
The petrostate --
The surplus devolution --
Oil and happiness --
Japan and the fragility of the petroleum age.
Other Titles: Oil and the new servitude
Responsibility: Andrew Nikiforuk.
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By the winner of the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. Ancient civilizations relied on shackled human muscle. It took the energy of slaves to plant crops, clothe emperors, and build cities. Nineteenth-century slaveholders viewed critics as hostilely as oil companies and governments now regard environmentalists. Yet the abolition movement had an invisible ally: coal and oil. As the world's most versatile workers, fossil fuels replenished slavery's ranks with combustion engines and other labor-saving tools. Since then, cheap oil has transformed politics, economics, science, agriculture, and ...

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