ROBERTS, PAUL (2004): The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World

ROBERTS, PAUL (2004): The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World

Existe versión en castellano (El fin del petróleo), publicada en colección de bolsillo por Público en 2010.

Índice la edición española:

    Primera parte:

  1. Encendiendo el fuego
  2. El último petróleo fácil
  3. El futuro es brillante
  4. Energía es poder
  5. Demasiado calor
  6. En camino a ninguna parte:

  7. Dad a la gente lo que quiere
  8. El gran petróleo se inquieta
  9. Y ahora, algo completamente distinto
  10. Menos es más
  11. Hacia el cielo:

  12. Seguridad energética
  13. La mano invisible
  14. Manteniéndose en sus trece
  15. ¿Cómo llegamos hasta allí?

Petroleum is now so deeply entrenched in our economy, our politics, and our personal expectations that even modest efforts to phase it out are fought tooth and nail by the most powerful forces in the world: companies and governments that depend on oil revenues; the developing nations that see oil as the only means to industrial success; and a Western middle class that refuses to modify its energy-dependent lifestyle. But within thirty years, by even conservative estimates, we will have burned our way through most of the oil that is easily accessible. And well before then, the side effects of an oil-based society — economic volatility, geopolitical conflict, and the climate-changing impact of hydrocarbon pollution — will render fossil fuels an all but unacceptable solution. How will we break our addiction to oil? And what will we use in its place to maintain a global economy and political system that are entirely reliant on cheap, readily available energy?
Brilliantly reported from around the globe, The End of Oil brings the world situation into fresh and dramatic focus for business and general readers alike. Roberts talks to both oil optimists and oil pessimists, delves deep into the economics and politics of oil, considers the promises and pitfalls of alternatives, and shows that, although the world energy system has begun its epoch-defining transition, disruption and violent dislocation are almost assured if we do not take a more proactive stance. With the topicality and readability of Fast Food Nation and the scope and trenchant analysis of Guns, Germs, and Steel, this is a vitally important book for the new century.


Genero: Libros
Subjects: 2004, 2010, adicción al petróleo, arabia saudí, conflicto, diagnóstico, economía, english, español, geopolítica, petróleo, política, seguridad energética
MAST, TOM (2005): Over a Barrel: A Simple Guide to the Oil Shortage

MAST, TOM (2005): Over a Barrel: A Simple Guide to the Oil Shortage

Over a Barrel: A Simple Guide to the Oil Shortage is meant as a concise summary of the urgent oil shortage issue, written to be read by everyone of high school age or older. It provides a balanced and factual picture of the medium-to-long range role of oil in supplying the world’s energy needs, as well as an understanding of the many technical and social implications of the alternatives to oil.

A foundation in understanding energy is provided by the early chapters on energy concepts, history, uses, and sources. Emphasis is given to the special energy requirements of the transportation industries that are 97% dependent on oil-based fuels.

Then, the focus shifts to understanding oil. World supply and demand for oil is carefully explained, showing that we have used about half the oil that nature took over 100 million years to create and that oil production will begin to decline soon. These chapters show that the rising world demand will create a permanent and increasing shortage of oil and that the Middle East has over 60% of the oil reserves.

Oil alternatives are reviewed with the alarming conclusion that we don’t know which of them can overcome their many technical and social issues to fill some of the gap that will be created by declining oil production. The case for more and better organized research and development of alternatives to oil is made.

The book explores life in a world with declining oil and no alternatives – an unpleasant life. Suggestions are then given for actions to be taken by the reader to support R&D efforts and for fuel conservation to extend the time we have to accomplish the identification and building of industries for alternatives to oil.


Genero: Libros
Subjects: 2005, dependencia del petróleo, diagnóstico, energías alternativas, english, peak oil, petróleo, propuestas
HOWE, JOHN G. (2006): The End of Fossil Energy and The Last Chance for Survival

HOWE, JOHN G. (2006): The End of Fossil Energy and The Last Chance for Survival

The author is a retired engineer and life-long farmer, who has been concerned about fossil-fuel depletion for many years. During the last several decades he has researched this problem extensively as well as designed, built, and tested low-energy machines for agriculture and transportation in anticipation of a drastically simpler, localized lifestyle. This work has evolved into numerous lectures and three editions of this book.


Genero: Libros
Subjects: 2006, energía, energía fósil, english, petróleo
MILLS, KYLE (2007): Darkness Falls

MILLS, KYLE (2007): Darkness Falls

Erin Neal has been living a secluded life in the Arizona desert since the death of his girlfriend and he isn’t happy when an oil company executive comes calling. A number of important Saudi wells have stopped producing and Erin is the world’s foremost expert in resolving just these kinds of complications. As far as he’s concerned, though, he’s left that world behind. Not his problem. Homeland Security sees things differently. Erin quickly finds himself stuck in the Saudi desert, studying a new bacteria with a voracious appetite for oil and an uncanny talent for destroying drilling equipment. But worst of all is its ability to spread. It soon becomes clear that if this contagion isn’t stopped, it will infiltrate the world’s petroleum reserves, cutting the industrial world off from the energy that provides the heat, food, and transportation necessary for survival. Erin realizes that there’s something eerily familiar about this bacteria. And that it couldn’t possibly have evolved on its own.


Genero: Libros, Novelas
Subjects: 2007, agotamiento, arabia saudí, armas biológicas, english, ficción, geopolítica, petróleo, política
COBB, KURT (2010): Prelude

COBB, KURT (2010): Prelude

In this romantic thriller Cassie Young is a rising star at a prestigious energy consulting firm when she discovers secret files that reveal the truth about the world’s oil supplies; and, it’s not good news. Soon, she finds herself locked in a game of cat and mouse that places her career and ultimately her life on the line. After reading her story, you’ll never think quite the same way about filling your gas tank.

Cassie’s transformation from one of the firm’s true believers into a worried skeptic begins when she meets Victor Chernov, a former oil trader. Contrary to the public pronouncements of her firm and many official agencies, Victor says the world may start running dangerously short of oil–the lifeblood of modern society–within only a few years. In her search for the truth, Cassie uncovers evidence that convinces her Victor is right. But that evidence now makes her a target for those who desperately want to keep an unknowing world in the dark.

A startling reinterpretation of contemporary events, Prelude follows Cassie to the Canadian tar sands; to the heart of Houston, the energy city; to an offshore drilling platform; and to the streets and suites of Washington, D.C. in a journey that unlocks the mysteries of a substance that the world cannot do without.


Genero: Libros, Novelas
Subjects: 2010, agotamiento, english, ficción, peak oil, petróleo, política
GHAZVINIAN, JOHN (2008): Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil

GHAZVINIAN, JOHN (2008): Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil

Although Africa has long been known to be rich in oil, extracting it hadn’t seemed worth the effort and risk until recently. But with the price of Middle Eastern crude oil skyrocketing and advancing technology making reserves easier to tap, the region has become the scene of a competition between major powers that recalls the nineteenth-century scramble for colonization there. But what does this giddy new oil boom mean—for America, for the world, for Africans themselves?

John Ghazvinian traveled through twelve African countries—from Sudan to Congo to Angola—talking to warlords, industry executives, bandits, activists, priests, missionaries, oil-rig workers, scientists, and ordinary people whose lives have been transformed—not necessarily for the better—by the riches beneath their feet. The result is a high-octane narrative that reveals the challenges, obstacles, reasons for despair, and reasons for hope emerging from the world’s newest energy hot spot.


Genero: Libros
Subjects: 2008, áfrica, colonialismo, english, extractivismo, imperialismo, petróleo, política, recursos
RUPPERT, MICHAEL C. (2009): Confronting Collapse. The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World

RUPPERT, MICHAEL C. (2009): Confronting Collapse. The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World

In Confronting Collapse, Mike Ruppert exposes the lies that have been told about energy to protect corporate profits and a collapsing monetary system—the latter of which now threatens all of industrial civilization. The book says what an American president cannot say: that energy and money (the economy) are Siamese twins—joined so closely that they cannot be dealt with as separate policies. If energy gets sick, money must be treated simultaneously, and vice versa. But the present monetary regime is so broken that separating the money-energy twins in a way that saves and preserves life cannot take place without killing one or both.

Of the two, energy is more important to human life. Energy can do work. Energy grows food and pumps water. Energy moves goods and services. Energy sustains life. Money is useless without energy. Unfortunately, our current best energy source—petroleum—is depleting faster than we can transition to other sources. There is now no combination of alternative energies that we can move to quickly enough to sustain the complex, globalized human civilization that was built using cheap, plentiful oil.


Genero: Libros
Subjects: 2009, colapso, diagnóstico, energía, english, peak oil, petróleo
DEFFEYES, KENNETH S. (2010): When Oil Peaked

DEFFEYES, KENNETH S. (2010): When Oil Peaked

In two earlier books, Hubbert’s Peak (2001) and Beyond Oil (2005), the geologist Kenneth S. Deffeyes laid out his rationale for concluding that world oil production would continue to follow a bell-shaped curve, with the smoothed-out peak somewhere in the middle of the first decade of this millennium–in keeping with the projections of his former colleague, the pioneering petroleum geologist M. King Hubbert.

Deffeyes sees no reason to deviate from that prediction, despite the ensuing global recession and the extreme volatility in oil prices associated with it. In his view, the continued depletion of existing oil fields, compounded by shortsighted cutbacks in many exploration-and-development projects, virtually assures that the mid-decade peak in global oil production will never be surpassed.

In When Oil Peaked, he revisits his original forecasts, examines the arguments that were made both for and against them, adds some new supporting material to his overall case, and applies the same mode of analysis to a number of other finite gifts from the Earth: mineral resources that may be also in shorter supply than «flat-Earth» prognosticators would have us believe.


Genero: Libros
Subjects: 2010, agotamiento, diagnóstico, english, geología, minerales, peak oil, petróleo, previsiones, recursos