The Age of Oil: The Mythology, History, and Future of the World's Most Controversial Resource

The Age of Oil: The Mythology, History, and Future of the World's Most Controversial Resource

by Leonardo Maugeri
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0275990087

ISBN-13: 9780275990084

Pub. Date: 05/30/2006

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Oil is the most vital resource of our time. Because it is so important, misperceptions about the black gold abound. Leonardo Maugeri clears the cobwebs by describing the colorful history of oil, and explaining the fundamentals of oil production. He delivers a unique, fascinating, and controversial perspective on the industry—as only an insider could. The

Overview

Oil is the most vital resource of our time. Because it is so important, misperceptions about the black gold abound. Leonardo Maugeri clears the cobwebs by describing the colorful history of oil, and explaining the fundamentals of oil production. He delivers a unique, fascinating, and controversial perspective on the industry—as only an insider could. The history of the oil market has been marked, since its inception, by a succession of booms and busts, each one leading to a similar psychological climax and flawed political decisions. In a single generation, we've experienced the energy crisis of 1973; the dramatic oil countershock of 1986; the oil collapse of 1998-99 that gave rise to the idea of oil as just another commodity; and the sharp price increases following hurricane Katrina's devastation in the Gulf of Mexico. Today, we are experiencing a global oil boom that, paradoxically, seems to herald a gloomy era of scarcity exacerbated by growing consumption and the threat from Islamic terrorism in the oil-rich Middle East.

Maugeri argues that the pessimists are wrong. In the second part of his book, he debunks the main myths surrounding oil in our times, addressing whether we are indeed running out of oil, and the real impact of Islamic radicalism on oil-rich regions. By translating many of the technical concepts of oil productions into terms the average reader can easily grasp, Maugeri answers our questions. Ultimately, he concludes that the wolf is not at the door. We are facing neither a problem of oil scarcity, nor an upcoming oil blackmail by forces hostile to the West. Only bad political decisions driven by a distorted view of current problems (and who is to blame for them) can doom us to a gloomy oil future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275990084
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

A History of an Unreliable Market (and the Bad Policies It Prompted)

John D. Rockefeller's Cursed Legacy

The Age of Gasoline and Oil Imperialism

The Carve-up of Arabia's Oil

The Oil Glut of the 1930s

Cold War Fears and the U.S.-Arabian Link

The Iran Tragedy and the Seven Sisters' Cartel

The Golden Age of Oil and Its Limits

Oil and the Explosion of Arab Nationalism

The First Oil Shock

The Countershock

A Desert in the Storm: The First Gulf Crisis

The Soviet Implosion and the Caspian's Troubled Eldorado

The Collapse of Oil Prices and Industry Megamergers

The First Oil Crisis of the 21st Century

Misperceptions and Problems Ahead

Are We Running Out of Oil?

The Inner Secrets of Oil

The Puzzle of Oil Reserves, Production and the Quest for Their Control

The Problems With Oil Quality, Price, and Consumption Trends

Flawed Forecasts, Foggy Alternatives to Oil

Arabs, Islam, and the Myth of Oil Security

Appendixes

Proven Reserves, Production, and Reserves Life Index of the First 20 Oil Countries in the World and the World (2004)

Consumption Trends of the First 20 Countries in the World, 1980-2004

Main Features of Some Qualities of Crude Oil

Oil Production of the "Seven Sisters" and Global Oil Production, 1950-1966

The Largest National Oil Companies

The Largest International Oil Companies

Bibliography

Index

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