Publisher description for The end of oil : on the edge of a perilous new world / Paul Roberts ; [with a new afterword].
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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.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Petroleum industry and trade -- Government policy.
Petroleum industry and trade -- Government policy -- United States.
Energy policy -- United States.
Petroleum industry and trade -- Political aspects.
World politics -- 21st century -- Forecasting.