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The end of oil : on the edge of a perilous new world

Author: Paul Roberts
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Mariner Books edView all editions and formats
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Petroleum is now so deeply entrenched in our economy, our politics, and our personal expectations that even modest efforts to phase it out are fought tooth and nail by the most powerful forces in the world: companies and governments that depend on oil revenues; the developing nations that see oil as the only means to industrial success; and a Western middle class that refuses to modify its energy-dependent  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Roberts
ISBN: 0618562117 9780618562114
OCLC Number: 58449497
Notes: "A Mariner book."
Description: 399 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: pt. I. The free ride --
1. Lighting the fire --
2. The last of the easy oil --
3. The future's so bright --
4. Energy is power --
5. Too hot --
pt. II. On the road to nowhere --
6. Give the people what they want --
7. Big oil gets anxious --
8. And now for something completely different --
9. Less is more --
pt. III. Into the blue --
10. Energy security --
11. The invisible hand --
12. Digging in our heels --
13. How do we get there?
Responsibility: Paul Roberts ; [with a new afterword].
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Petroleum is now so deeply entrenched in our economy, our politics, and our personal expectations that even modest efforts to phase it out are fought tooth and nail by the most powerful forces in the world: companies and governments that depend on oil revenues; the developing nations that see oil as the only means to industrial success; and a Western middle class that refuses to modify its energy-dependent lifestyle. But within thirty years, by even conservative estimates, we will have burned our way through most of the oil that is easily accessible. And well before then, the side effects of an oil-based society -- economic volatility, geopolitical conflict, and the climate-changing impact of hydrocarbon pollution -- will render fossil fuels an all but unacceptable solution. How will we break our addiction to oil? And what will we use in its place to maintain a global economy and political system that are entirely reliant on cheap, readily available energy? Reported from around the globe, The End of Oil brings the world situation into fresh and dramatic focus for business and general readers alike. Roberts talks to both oil optimists and oil pessimists, delves deep into the economics and politics of oil, considers the promises and pitfalls of alternatives, and shows that, although the world energy system has begun its epoch-defining transition, disruption and violent dislocation are almost assured if we do not take a more proactive stance. With the topicality and readability of Fast Food Nation and the scope and trenchant analysis of Guns, Germs, and Steel, this is a vitally important book for the new century.

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by cwarden (WorldCat user on 2008-09-11)

Prologue -- Part I: The free ride: -- Lighting the fire -- The last of the easy oi -- The future's so bright -- Energy is power -- Too hot -- Part II: On the road to nowhere: Give the people what they want -- Big oil gets anxious -- And now for something completely different -- Less Is more -- Part III: Iinto the blue: Energy security -- The invisible hand -- Digging in our heels -- How do we get there? -- Afterword -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgments -- Index.

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