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End of Oil : On the Edge of a Perilous New World

End of Oil : On the Edge of a Perilous New World - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0618239771

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2004
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End of Oil : On the Edge of a Perilous New World - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0618239771

Paul Roberts

ISBN13: 978-0618239771
ISBN10: 0618239774
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

"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 book for the new century.

Table of Contents

Prologue

Part 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

Part 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

Part III Into the blue

10 Energy security
11 The invisible hand
12 Digging in our heels
13 How do we get there?

Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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