The End of Oil by Paul Roberts
On the Edge of a Perilous New World

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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.
 

About Paul Roberts

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Paul Roberts is the author of The End of Oil, a finalist for the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award in 2005. He has written about resource economics and politics for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Rolling Stone, and lectures frequently on business and environmental issues. He lives in Washington State.
 
Published April 5, 2005 by Mariner Books. 416 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Computers & Technology, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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This time the author scrutinizes the modern food system, examining its history from prehistoric big-game hunting through the rise of industrialized food production to the retail revolution in which large grocery companies control the supply chain.

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“By nearly any sane measure,” Roberts remarks, “the quest for less problematic forms of energy and energy-efficient technologies should be a top priority for all players in the energy world.” Yet that has not been the case: although, Roberts notes, the energy industry has historically shown itsel...

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Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives by Carolyn Steel 400pp, Chatto & Windus, £12.99 The End of Food: The Coming Crisis in the World Food Industry by Paul Roberts 416pp, Bloomsbury, £12.99 By the third century BC, the hungry young city of Rome needed more grain than the surrounding countrysi...

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The End of Oil by Paul Roberts 352pp, Bloomsbury, £17.99 The current world order is essentially about the geopolitics of oil, and this book is a tour de force in charting, in a highly readable, balanced and objective manner, a fluid, constantly changing dynamic.

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With detailed information and extensive anecdotal evidence, Roberts provides an intriguing account of food that works well in illustrating the evolution, the problems, and the subtleties of today's food industry.

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But the sneak peeks I have seen of the later chapters give me hope - not just for the future of the world, but that this book will eventually make interesting reading!

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