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Book Title: The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World|
The author of the book: Paul Roberts
ISBN 13: 9780618562114
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 643 KB
Edition: Mariner Books
Date of issue: April 5th 2005
Read full description of the books The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World:When it comes to surveying and assessing the global state of oil and energy, eight years might suffice to render a book dated—and I actually read this back when the paperback was first released. However, seeing as my reading speed lately could best be described as leisurely while I find myself afflicted with the urge to write reviews, I'm forced to dig into the past and see if I can pad a few core nuggets of remembrance with enough pseudo-info to produce a paragraph or three.
Right. On to the book: curiously, although Roberts effects a stance of impartiality in analyzing the then-current (2005) state of oil reserves and omnipresence for a burgeoning global energy demand, the status of alternative fuel development and the practicality/potentiality for their implementation, his very remove from stridency and/or advocacy in either direction tends to cast a chillingly somber shadow upon his investigation and prognosis. Certainly, in my case, he made clear the difficulties faced by such hyped alternative energy sources as hydrogen, wind, solar radiation, geothermal, and hydroelectric, making clear in the process that it is not simply the limitations of technology that are affecting their implementation, but the very demands of an extensive (and thus expensive) infrastructure that would be required to accompany their introduction en masse. And for anyone interested but pressed for time, a briefer but similarly well-informed analysis of the above can be found in Richard Muller's Physics for Future Presidents.
Turning back to Roberts, there is much herein to edify the general public, particularly in how vital hydrocarbons are to a wide array of industries and products that are inclined to be taken both for granted and as separate from the demesne of oil sheiks and tycoons. He also begins and ends things with nicely captured and expressive encapsulations of the way in which our insatiable demand for cheap and abundant energy has displaced, disturbed, and disfigured numerous parts of the globe—his description of abandoned oil derricks and tankers sprouting rustily from the flat and motionless waters off of the shores of the southwestern Caspian Sea serve as textual ballasts for the extensive, sobering, and ofttimes scary information imparted between their anchoring placement.
Read information about the authorI'm a journalist and author of three books, most recently, The Impulse Society: America in an Age of Instant Gratification. My work focuses on the evolving relationship between the marketplace and the Self and touches on issues ranging from technology obsessions to the politics of narcissism. Earlier works have explored the energy economy and the food industry. I live with my family in Washington State.
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