Crude World

Author: Peter Maass

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307273199

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 288

View: 5160

The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has brought new attention to the huge costs of our oil dependence. In this stunning and revealing book, Peter Maass examines the social, political, and environmental impact of petroleum on the countries that produce it. Every 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. Peter Maass presents a vivid portrait of the troubled world oil has created. From Saudi Arabia to Equatorial Guinea, from Venezuela to Iraq, the stories of rebels, royalty, middlemen, environmentalists, indigenous activists, and CEOs—all deftly and sensitively presented—come together in this startling and essential account of the consequences of our addiction to oil. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The End of Oil

On the Edge of a Perilous New World

Author: Paul Roberts

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547525112

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 400

View: 7392

You live in this world. You use oil. You must read this book. The situation is alarming and irrefutable: within thirty years, even by conservative estimates, we will have burned our way through most of the oil that is readily available to us. Already, the costly side effects of dependence on fossil fuel are taking their toll. Even as oil-related conflict threatens entire nations, individual consumers are suffering from higher prices at the gas pump, rising health problems, and the grim prospect of long-term environmental damage. In this frank and balanced investigation, Paul Roberts offers a timely wake-up call. He talks to both oil optimists and oil pessimists, delves deep into the economics and politics of oil, and considers the promises and pitfalls of alternatives such as wind power, hybrid cars, and hydrogen. A new afterword brings the book up to the minute. Brisk, immediate, and accessible, this is essential reading for anyone who uses oil, which is to say every one of us.

A Crude World

Author: Russell Andresen

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1681395797

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 5063

Adrenaline, stress, and avarice are the drugs that make up the addicting cocktail of the global oil and gasoline markets. It is an industry that entices young men and women to pursue their dreams of attaining wealth beyond their means. It is an environment that destroys as many as it rewards. In A Crude World—A Life of Drugs, Greed, and Power in the New York Mercantile Exchange, Russell Andresen opens the curtains behind of one of the most secretive industries in the world, where loyalty means nothing, ethics is a four letter word, and silence is the most valuable commodity.

Crude Reality

Petroleum in World History

Author: Brian C. Black

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742556557

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 287

View: 1749

Considers the history of petroleum's engineering, production, refining, and consumption, and synthesizes recent scholarship linking overreliance on the resource to environmental degradation and economic disparity.

A Swamp Full of Dollars

Pipelines and Paramilitaries at Nigeria's Oil Frontier

Author: Michael Peel

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 184885840X

Category: Nigeria

Page: 220

View: 2242

Michael Peel tells the story of Nigeria which grows ever more wild and lawless by the day as its crude oil pumps through its cities.

Crude Volatility

The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices

Author: Robert McNally

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231543689

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 526

As OPEC has loosened its grip over the past ten years, the oil market has been rocked by wild price swings, the likes of which haven't been seen for eight decades. Crafting an engrossing journey from the gushing Pennsylvania oil fields of the 1860s to today's fraught and fractious Middle East, Crude Volatility explains how past periods of stability and volatility in oil prices help us understand the new boom-bust era. Oil's notorious volatility has always been considered a scourge afflicting not only the oil industry but also the broader economy and geopolitical landscape; Robert McNally makes sense of how oil became so central to our world and why it is subject to such extreme price fluctuations. Tracing a history marked by conflict, intrigue, and extreme uncertainty, McNally shows how—even from the oil industry's first years—wild and harmful price volatility prompted industry leaders and officials to undertake extraordinary efforts to stabilize oil prices by controlling production. Herculean market interventions—first, by Rockefeller's Standard Oil, then, by U.S. state regulators in partnership with major international oil companies, and, finally, by OPEC—succeeded to varying degrees in taming the beast. McNally, a veteran oil market and policy expert, explains the consequences of the ebbing of OPEC's power, debunking myths and offering recommendations—including mistakes to avoid—as we confront the unwelcome return of boom and bust oil prices.


The Story of Oil

Author: Sonia Shah

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 9781583226254

Category: History

Page: 232

View: 1030

"Crude" is the unexpurgated story of oil, from the circumstances of its birth to the spectacle of its rise as the indispensable ingredient of modern life.

The Secret World of Oil

Author: Ken Silverstein

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1781681937

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

View: 6571

The oil industry provides the lifeblood of modern civilization, and bestselling books have been written about the industry and even individual companies in it, like ExxonMobil. But the modern oil industry is an amazingly shady meeting ground of fixers, gangsters, dictators, competing governments, and multinational corporations, and until now, no book has set out to tell the story of this largely hidden world. The global fleet of some 11,000 tankers—that's tripled during the past decade—moves approximately 2 billion metric tons of oil annually. And every stage of the route, from discovery to consumption, is tainted by corruption and violence, even if little of that is visible to the public. Based on trips to New York, Washington, Houston, London, Paris, Geneva, Phnom Penh, Dakar, Lagos, Baku, and Moscow, among other far-flung locals, The Secret World of Oil includes up-close portraits of a shadowy Baku-based trader; a high-flying London fixer; and an oil dictator's playboy son who has to choose one of his eleven luxury vehicles when he heads out to party in Los Angeles. Supported by funding from the prestigious Open Society, this is both an entertaining global travelogue and a major work of investigative reporting.

A Simultaneous Equation Model for World Crude Oil and Natural Gas Markets (EPub)

Author: Mr. Noureddine Krichene

Publisher: International Monetary Fund

ISBN: 1452753202

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 44

View: 4374

A model for world crude oil and natural gas markets is estimated. It confirms low price and high income elasticities of demand for both crude oil and natural gas, which explains the market power of oil producers and price volatility following shocks. The paper establishes a relationship between oil prices, changes in the nominal effective exchange rate (NEER) of the U.S. dollar, and the U.S. interest rates, thereby identifying demand shocks arising from monetary policy. Both interest rates and the NEER are shown to influence crude prices inversely. The results imply that crude oil prices should be included in the policy rule equation of an inflation targeting model.

Crude Nation

How Oil Riches Ruined Venezuela

Author: Ral Gallegos

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 1612347703

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 7621

"Crude Nation tells the story of how ruinous mismanagement has resulted in the economic implosion of Venezuela, the country with the largest oil reserves in the world"--

World Crude Oil Markets

Monetary Policy and the Recent Oil Shock

Author: Mr. Noureddine Krichene

Publisher: International Monetary Fund

ISBN: 145190858X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 27

View: 3709

This paper examines the relationship between monetary policy and oil prices within a world oil demand and supply model. Low price and high income elasticities of demand and rigid supply explain high price volatilities and producers'' market power. Exchange and interest rates do influence oil market equilibrium. The relationship between oil prices and interest rates is a two-way relationship that depends on the type of oil shock. During a supply shock, rising oil prices caused interest rates to increase; whereas during a demand shock, falling interest rates caused oil prices to rise. Record low interest rates led to high oil price volatility in 2005. Data shows that world economic growth and price stability require stable oil markets and therefore more prudent monetary policies.

World Crude Oil Resources

Evidence from Estimating Supply Functions for 41 Countries

Author: Gordon Campbell Watkins,Shane S. Streifel

Publisher: World Bank Publications


Category: Industria petrolera

Page: 55

View: 8268


World crude-oil pricing

hearing before the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, second session, May 4, 2006

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Energy and Commerce

Publisher: N.A


Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 111

View: 5487


From Crude Oil to Fast Food

An Energy Journey Through the World of Heat

Author: Ian Graham

Publisher: Capstone Classroom

ISBN: 1484608909

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 7266

Explains how crude oil is formed, how it is obtained and how it is used in the food industry.

Review and Outlook for the World Oil Market

Author: Shane S. Streifel

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 9780821334430

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 157

View: 8376

After the collapse of the Soviet system, the immense problems of environmental pollution in Central and Eastern Europe were widely publicized. Less well known were its effects on health in the region, which have led to a serious health crisis. This report examines the degree to which the pollution adversely affected human health, putting it in the context of other health determinants such as socioeconomic factors, health care standards and availability, and lifestyle factors. Among the numerous pollutants, the report points to lead, dust, toxic gases, and nitrates in rural water supplies as having a significant impact on health in Central and Eastern Europe. The author suggests possible avenues for international action. However, an analysis of the determinants of health reveals that addressing the pollution problems alone will not solve the health crisis. Improving health in this region will depend on the changing economic fortunes of individual countries and the ability of each to create a supportive social environment for its citizens.

Saving Civility

52 Ways to Tame Rude, Crude, & Attitude for a Polite Planet

Author: Sara Hacala

Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing

ISBN: 1594733147

Category: Reference

Page: 231

View: 5208

Goes beyond a superficial discussion of proper manners to present civility as a mind-set that encompasses values and attitudes that help you embrace your connections to others and repair society.

Sleeping With the Devil

How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude

Author: Robert Baer

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 1400052688

Category: Political Science

Page: 238

View: 2472

A veteran of the CIA provides an insider's account of the love-hate relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, giving an up-close view of the corrupt Saudi empire and how the royal family's suppport of a radical religious group helps keep them in power while fostering hatred of the West throughout Saudi society, and explaining why turning a blind eye to Saudi turmoil has damaged America's homeland security. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.

The Asylum

The Renegades Who Hijacked the World's Oil Market

Author: Leah McGrath Goodman

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062042323

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 432

View: 6822

The Asylum is a stunning exposé by a seasoned Wall Street journalist that once and for all reveals the truth behind America’s oil addiction in all its unscripted and dysfunctional glory. In the tradition of Too Big to Fail and Liar’s Poker, author Leah McGrath Goodman tells the amazing-but-true story of a band of struggling, hardscrabble traders who, after enduring decades of scorn from New York’s stuffy financial establishment, overcame more than a century of failure, infighting, and brinksmanship to build the world’s reigning oil empire—entirely by accident.

Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes

A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology

Author: Cory O'Brien

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101619678

Category: Humor

Page: 304

View: 6200

Get this: Cronus liked to eat babies. Narcissus probably should have just learned to masturbate. Odin got construction discounts with bestiality. Isis had bad taste in jewelry. Ganesh was the very definition of an unplanned pregnancy. And Abraham was totally cool about stabbing his kid in the face. All our lives, we’ve been fed watered-down, PC versions of the classic myths. In reality, mythology is more screwed up than a schizophrenic shaman doing hits of unidentified…wait, it all makes sense now. In Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes, Cory O’Brien, creator of Myths RETOLD!, sets the stories straight. These are rude, crude, totally sacred texts told the way they were meant to be told: loudly, and with lots of four-letter words. Skeptical? Here are a few more gems to consider: • Zeus once stuffed an unborn fetus inside his thigh to save its life after he exploded its mother by being too good in bed. • The entire Egyptian universe was saved because Sekhmet just got too hammered to keep murdering everyone. • The Hindu universe is run by a married couple who only stop murdering in order to throw sweet dance parties…on the corpses of their enemies. • The Norse goddess Freyja once consented to a four-dwarf gangbang in exchange for one shiny necklace. And there’s more dysfunctional goodness where that came from.