Drilling Down: The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma / Edition 1

Drilling Down: The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma / Edition 1

by Joseph A. Tainter, T.W. Patzek
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1441976760

ISBN-13: 9781441976765

Pub. Date: 09/16/2011

Publisher: Springer New York

For more than a century, oil has been the engine of growth for a society that delivers an unprecedented standard of living to many. We now take for granted that economic growth is good, necessary, and even inevitable, but also feel a sense of unease about the simultaneous growth of complexity in the processes and institutions that generate and manage that growth.

Overview

For more than a century, oil has been the engine of growth for a society that delivers an unprecedented standard of living to many. We now take for granted that economic growth is good, necessary, and even inevitable, but also feel a sense of unease about the simultaneous growth of complexity in the processes and institutions that generate and manage that growth. As societies grow more complex through the bounty of cheap energy, they also confront problems that seem to increase in number and severity. In this era of fossil fuels, cheap energy and increasing complexity have been in a mutually-reinforcing spiral. The more energy we have and the more problems our societies confront, the more we grow complex and require still more energy. How did our demand for energy, our technological prowess, the resulting need for complex problem solving, and the end of easy oil conspire to make the Deepwater Horizon oil spill increasingly likely, if not inevitable? This book explains the real causal factors leading up to the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history, a disaster from which it will take decades to recover.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441976765
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
09/16/2011
Edition description:
2012
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Significance of Oil in the Gulf of Mexico
3. The Energy that Runs the World
4. Offshore Drilling and Production: A Short History
5. The Energy-Complexity Spiral
6. The Benefits and Costs of Complexity
7. What Happened at the Macondo Well
8. Why the Gulf Disaster Happened
9. Our Energy and Complexity Dilemma: Prospects for the Future Appendix A. Glossary Appendix B. Offshore Production Appendix C. Operating an Offshore Platform Index

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