Oil and Energy Alternatives

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Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
Even children are aware of the high prices of gas these days. In this book, Jill Sherman explains how the cost of oil is affected by technology, supply and demand, and worldwide politics. In the first chapter, she gives background to the factors affecting the cost of oil, including describing the 1973 oil crisis. She then gives both sides to the argument The question "Are we facing an oil crisis?" is discussed in the next two chapters, one dealing with "Signs Pointing to an Oil Crisis" and "Signs Pointing to No Oil Crisis." The effects politics have on oil are explored in the following two chapters, one dealing with U.S. domestic politics and the other with international relations. Oil is also the subject of much environmental debate, which leads to discussions of global warming and alternative energy sources. But not everyone is in favor of alternative energy, so Sherman delves into both sides of the argument. This book does an excellent job of laying out both facts and opinions about such an important topic in today's world. Sherman remains unbiased throughout, allowing the reader to draw his own conclusions. A timeline, glossary and further reading section help make this book an excellent source of knowledge. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604531107
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Essential Viewpoints Series: Set 3
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


The Rising Cost of Oil     6
Signs Pointing to an Oil Crisis     16
Signs Pointing to No Oil Crisis     26
Politics of Oil: U.S. Domestic Policies     34
Politics of Oil: International Relations     42
Oil and the Environment     52
Carbon-free Energy     60
Arguments Supporting Alternative Energy Use     68
Arguments Against Alternative Energy Use     74
Solutions That Bridge the Gap     82
Timeline     96
Essential Facts     100
Additional Resources     102
Glossary     104
Source Notes     106
Index     110
About the Author     112
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