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Myths of the Oil Boom: American National Security in a Global Energy Market 1st Edition

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"Oil remains vital to global security. In this very readable book, Steve Yetiv dispels myths and provides a fascinating account both for analysts and for the general public." -- Joseph S. Nye, Jr, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, and author of Is the American Century Over?


"Steve Yetiv sets the record straight, exploding a number of misconceptions surrounding the politics and economics oil. In particular, he provides a well-timed corrective to exaggerated views about the potential contributions of the recent surge in U.S. oil output to national and international energy security. Along the way, the book offers a valuable primer on oil markets, the geopolitics of oil, and the true costs of oil dependence as well as the most promising approach for reducing oil insecurity." -- John Duffield, Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University


"An eye opening account of the impact of increased American oil production on international politics by one of America's foremost oil analysts. Neither a doomsayer nor a wild eyed optimist, Yetiv shows why and how changes in the supply of oil will directly affect American interests and world stability. A timely and invaluable work for anyone who wants to understand how oil shapes our lives."--Steven David, Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University


"A superb book on the changing dynamics of U.S. and global energy security and politics-wonderfully researched and written-a must-read for those interested in security studies, American foreign-policy, and international political economy."--Patrick James, Dornsife Dean's Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California; former Vice President, International Studies Association


"An oil policy wonk's dream: a clear, detailed position paper presenting the factors affecting US energy security and future oil price stability. [Yetiv] loads his book with in-depth data and offers geopolitical scenarios encompassing sovereign countries, the world's major oil producing cartels and independent national producers. Yetiv makes the powerful argument that the best way to improve America's future oil price and supply security is to cut its reliance on oil. Richly sourced and featuring an extensive index, this dense work presents a sophisticated understanding of the true state of oil and its discontents."--getAbstract


"Richly sourced and featuring an extensive index...presents a sophisticated understanding of the true state of oil and its discontents." -- getAbstract


"Myths of the Oil Boom assumes a much welcomed long-term energy security focus. Yetiv acknowledges the benefits of the recent American oil boom but forcefully contends this is not enough to inoculate us from the vagaries of foreign oil...What we need then is a dramatic "moonshot program" to wean Americans off our addiction to petroleum...Yetiv tackles oil security comprehensively, then, deftly weaves primers on oil markets with broader discussion on the geopolitics of oil. Richly sourced but written for a general audience, the analysis highlights oil [as] one of the defining features of our age." -- Professor Michael Gunter, New York Journal of Books


"This book by Yetiv is a fascinating scholarly treatise on the current US oil boom and its long-term effects on American and global national security. Setting out to demolish myths and misconceptions, the author studies the oil industry within the context of oil prices, geopolitics, and the negative repercussions of oil use on the environment and society...the author's arguments are thought provoking, painstakingly researched, and presented in a way that is accessible to most readers...Highly recommended."
--Choice Reviews


"Myths of the Oil Boom provides a comprehensive introduction to the problems related to the Age of Oil...Yetiv is convincing and exhaustive in arguing that international security will never be reached simply through more control over oil supplies, but requires a new quest: that of a different world energy paradigm." --H-Net Reviews


About the Author


Steve A. Yetiv is the Louis I. Jaffe Professor of International Relations at Old Dominion University. In addition to eight books, he has published over 250 editorials in papers including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Christian Science Monitor, and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN and NPR.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 15, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0190212691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0190212698
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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_Myths of the Oil Boom_ is an excellent and up to date treatment of oil supply and security issues. Yetiv takes stock of the effect the fracking revolution is likely to have on the short and long term price of oil and supply security. Fracking will help moderate oil prices for about five to ten years in Yetiv's estimation. The problem with peak oil is price and price swings. Oil will always be available if consumers are willing to pay enough.
Yetiv proposes that the US significantly reduce oil and gas use and an international program to reduce global oil and gas consumption. He argues for a revenue neutral gasoline tax in the US. He points out that there is no guarantee that higher CAFE standards will have the desired effect, and hybrid and electric cars will probably be cost prohibitive for many consumers.
He also points out that China is not exposed to the world price for oil like the US is. China makes co-production deals with many countries it imports oil from. China receives a share of oil from fields it invests in or develops in payment instead of cash. A rise in the world price of oil would hurt China substantially less than the US.
A book that I recommend reading after this is _Oil_ in the Polity Resource Series which goes into more detail on China and oil governance
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"Yes, we are in the midst of an American oil boom, one that helps explain the precipitous decline in gasoline prices over the second half of 2014, as well as an only modest rebound so far in 2015. And yes, that boom, before it levels off around 2020, may well lead the U.S. to overtake the Saudis as the largest oil producer in the world by 2017, at least according to Fatih Birol, chief economist at the Paris-based International Energy Association.

Yet as professor Steve Yetiv, one of the America’s foremost oil analysts warns, this recent American oil boom is not the game changer some would have you believe. American national security still depends in large part upon the global energy market, one with inescapable ties to the Middle East.

In this light, Myths of the Oil Boom assumes a much welcomed long-term energy security focus. Yetiv acknowledges the benefits (as well as costs, i.e. groundwater contamination from fracking) of the recent American oil boom but forcefully contends this is not enough to inoculate us from the vagaries of foreign oil. Deep down, in their heart of hearts, even the most passionate advocates of the “drill, baby, drill” mantra know this, too. Truly long-term solutions to oil and accompanying insecurity rest in moving away from this precious commodity, not simply finding more of it domestically."
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Great book. Yetiv is one of the best in explaining complicated material in a way that is understandable. He's an expert on the Middle East and oil, and this book is a treasure trove of information. It's also a great read!
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I found this book wondeful and full of truth. There are a lot of well thought out points that should grab anyones atention if they look at the issues logicaly. Oil is the cause of so much up and down in this world, whether you talk about the jobs created by it, the lives lost because of it, or the fact that the world is so dependent on it that economies are largley swayed by it. The book also points out the like it or not, oil is only a stop gap meassure, a bridge of sorts. It is not sustainable in the long run, the environmental cost of burning it or even the fact that the Earth will run out of it, and we will eventually need a new source of energy. All the information is eye opening and I would recomend that any open minded thinker pick up and read this book.
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