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Oil (Groundwork Guides)

Oil (Groundwork Guides)    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-88899-816-3
Pages 144
Language English only
Price $11.00
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Written by James Laxer.
Published by Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2008.


In Oil, political scientist James Laxer tells the story of the ascent of the giant petroleum companies and how they seized control of oil fields and markets around the world. He examines the relationship between oil, geo-politics and high finance. He looks at how different parts of the world – both users and suppliers of oil – relate to this influential commodity. And he explains the stark choices humanity faces as oil supplies dwindle and as climate change, spurred on by the burning of petroleum and coal, threatens the future of the globe.

In this lucid and compelling book, Laxer introduces readers to the contested history of oil, from the first oil wells in the Russian Empire, Canada and the US in the 1840s and 1850s to the frenzied debate about "peak oil" in the early twenty-first century and the daunting specter of a post-oil world. Laxer examines the multiple effects of oil consumption and production worldwide.

Award-winning author James Laxer appears regularly on television discussions of issues of the day. The author of several books, he is a professor of political science at York University in Toronto.

The Groundwork Guides provide an overview of key contemporary political and social issues. Engaging, concise and clearly written, these books tackle pressing and sometimes controversial topics, offering both a lively introduction to the subject and a strong point of view.

This book is suitable for ages 14 and up.
"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." – The Globe and Mail
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