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text ð Crude World The Violent Twilight of Oil Õ Peter Maass

A stunning and revealing examination of oil's indelible impact on the countries that produce it and the people who possess itEvery unhappy oil producing nation is unhappy in its own way but all are touched by the resource curse the power of oil to exacerbate existing problems and create new ones In Crude World Peter Maass presents a vivid portrait of the troubled world oil has created He takes us to Saudi Arabia where officials deflect inuiries about the amount of I heard this guy speak at the recent ASPO USA conference He's good This book is very much human interest journalism no need to worry about charts and graphs here or tortuous explanations of depletion rates He goes to Africa central Asia and all over the world to talk to people affected by oil and the oil industry He said that writing this book was difficult even than writing about war because at least in a war there are people shooting at each other which you can write about The book was very revealing to me about how totally corrupt even an oil rich society can be and how no one is really in charge of figuring out how oil should best be used either in this country or anywhere else either It's just really chaos everyone is in there trying to exploit it before it's all gone which will likely be sooner than we think we're probably close to or past the point of peak oil

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Crude World The Violent Twilight of OilPetroleum remaining in the country's largest reservoir; to Euatorial Guinea where two tennis courts grace an oil rich dictator's estate but bandages and aspirin are a hospital's only supplies; and to Venezuela where Hugo Chávez's campaign to redistribute oil wealth creates new economic and political crisesMaass a New York Times Magazine writer also introduces us to Irai oilmen trying to rebuild their industry after the invasion of 2003 an American lawyer leading Disappointing in that it focuses almost entirely on the damage done to the oil producing economiessocieties rather than the consumers Although there's a brief analysis of Ira and an implicit acknowledgment that oil was and is the main reason we're there it's only implicitIf you're looking for a decent history of what has happened to oil producers over the past 30 years read it here If you're looking for a book that focuses on the future of both producers and consumers as the subtitle the violent twilight of oil might lead you to believe this is this isn't the book

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Read eBook ´ Crude World The Violent Twilight of Oil µ Hardcover  hannahredhead É A stunning and revealing examination of oil's indelible impact on the countries that produce it and the people who possess itEvery unhappy oil producing nation is unhappy in its own way but all areEcuadorians in an unprecedented lawsuit against Chevron a Russian oil billionaire imprisoned for his defiance of Vladimir Putin's leadership and Nigerian villagers whose livelihoods are destroyed by the discovery of oil Rebels royalty middlemen environmentalists indigenous activists CEOs their stories deftly and sensitively presented tell the larger story of oil in our time Crude World is a startling and essential account of the conseuences of our addiction to oi The oily truth Upton Sinclair’s ”The Jungle” exposed the literal sausage making of the meat packing industry prompting a painful public examination of the industry eventually leading to reform Peter Maas’ ”Crude World” presents a similarly ugly painful review of the modern oil industry and will likely lead tovery little The difference is choice When it comes to what we eat and how it gets to our plate we have easy other options When it comes to our intractable addition to oil we have little other choice PJ O’Rourke’s Holidays in Hell was a humorous tour of the world’s leading shitholes Maas’ book is similar but the intention is a dead serious expose of what happens to otherwise horrific countries when geologists discover Texas tea beneath its sands water or rocks Maas’s has likely shortened his natural life span chemically either through his adventures in the ecological nightmares he has visited or politically through his revealing of the secrets of some of the most powerful organizations on the planet In short the oil industry will get him either one way or the other And it is this fearless Edward R Murrow telling it like it is that is the ultimate strength of the book It is certainly not the humor or the uplifting story that is the attraction and nor it is it the mystery Basically these countries’ stories are all the same Oil is discovered in some awful part of the work Euatorial Guinea Ecuador Russia Saudi Arabia if you are female Venezuela and the like and the riches its promises uickly turns to corruption brutality environment catastrophe and a generally much worsening of conditions for the common folk The corruptors of officials and destroyers of the environment are mostly from the US in Maas’ telling but he is uick to point out that the Houston oil men he vilifies have little choice if they don’t the Chinese will and without the black gold tens of millions would starve and freeze In short if you want to know who had to die or suffer who walked off with sometimes billions of ill gotten gain and what would happen to you and your family if Houston’s oil men didn’t play it fast and loose for every gallon of gas you ever put in your car or in your house’s oil tank then plod through Maas’ tome If you would rather not know avoid it