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The energy of slaves : oil and the new servitude

Author: Andrew Nikiforuk
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Greystone Books, 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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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Nikiforuk, Andrew, 1955-
Energy of slaves.
Vancouver, BC ; Berkeley [Calif.] : Greystone Books ; Vancouver, BC : David Suzuki Foundation ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed in the U.S. by Publishers Group West, ©2012
(OCoLC)777601880
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Nikiforuk
ISBN: 9781553659792 1553659791 132235586X 9781322355863
OCLC Number: 798534285
Description: 1 online resource (296 pages)
Contents: Prologue --
1. The energy of slaves --
2. Slaves to energy --
3. The oil pioneer --
4. The new servitude --
5. The unsettling of agriculture --
6. The Viagra of the species --
7. The urban fire --
8. The economist's delusion --
9. Peak science --
10. The petrostate --
11. The surplus devolution --
12. Oil and happiness --
13. Japan and the fragility of the petroleum age --
Epilogue.
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 ev.

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