Wide-ranging Material on Energy
This is meant only for interests developing outside of
this specific course. I will add as time develops. As you will be
hearing about energy the rest of your life but working in quite
different areas, some item may be stimulating in unexpected directions
None of this is required
material. For example, the first item on oil might be used, but I
included it to illustrate the growing tendency of first-rate journals to
build collections of pieces on an amazing range of topics.
Horizon “event.” Nature collection of its special
sections, blog and other links to Gulf of Mexico. It is updated and has
links to other sources. The WSJ and NYT have occasionally had articles
on it. I have bothered to hunt them down. If someone finds they have
separate, interesting collections, please tell me.
- Best books on history of oil industry. These were identified
by Peter Maass, Sat/Sun Aug 21-22, 2010, WSJ. I have lifted parts of
his descriptions. He is 50-year old international jounalist and author;
with wide international reporting success. He has just published a book
book on oil's effect on the countries that produce it and the people
who possess it -- hence his appropriately to pick this wide ranging list
that might be relevatn to class members with intests outside this
- Ida M Tarbell, “The History of the Standard Oil
(1904). An early mukraker who hastened the court-ordered breakup of the
Original Standard Oil (John D Rockerfeller).
- Anthony Sampson, “The Seven Sisters,” (1975). Captures the
intertwining Arab countries with western oil companies in 1970s. Most
famous quote is from Senator Frank Church: `We are dealing with
corporate entities which have many of the characteristics of nations.'
[And that was in the '70s!]
- Paul Collier, ““The Bottom Billion,” (2007). Explores
what is now called the resource curse (oil, gold, iron, etc.).
- Abdelrahman Munif, “Cities of Salt,” (1987). Brilliant
novel set in fictional emirate that has just discovered oil and being
pushed into the modern world.
- Ken Saro-Wiwa, “A Month and a Day,” (1995). A earlier
version of Gulf of Mexico event in the Niger Delta over a half century.
Being more public, will the Gulf get off better (jww)?