- Series: Beginner's Guides
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Oneworld Publications; Beginner's Guides edition (February 27, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1851685715
- ISBN-13: 978-1851685714
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oil: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) Paperback – February 8, 2008
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"At last, an accurate and readable book which effectively presents the whole range of issues which are required for an understanding of the complex global oil system." -- Peter Odell, Professor Emeritus of International Energy Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and recipient of the 2006 OPEC Award
"Smil's knowledge is famously and fabulously encyclopedic." -- Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University and author of The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time
"Terrific. Smil has done it again, producing a book from which we can all create new insights, this time explaining oil production, consumption and the broader impacts it has upon society." -- Chris Mottershead, Distinguished Advisor Energy and the Environment, BP plc, and Director of the Carbon Trust in London
"In a fluent, easy style [Smil] delves into the world of oil from its discovery on the ground through to its effect on prices at the petrol pumps, and to its impact on future generations." -- The Good Book Guide, May 2008
About the Author
Author Vaclav Smil is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He has written over 10 books on energy and been a keynote speaker at both the World Economic Forum and the Global Roundtable on Climate Change. He is the first non-American to receive the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology and is a Special Fellow of the Royal Society.
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- Oil's uses and benefits.
- What oil is, how it's found, and where it's been found.
- How oil is produced, transported and processed.
- Oil economics and politics.
- Oil-related social and environmental issues.
- Oil-related energy security issues.
- How long oil will last.
This 202-page book contains 28 helpful charts and diagrams, plus many excellent sidebar essays. Highly recommended.
Smil describes the background and processes used in the entire oil industry, from exploration through production, transportation and ultimate delivery to the consumer. He includes background information about how hydrocarbons are created, the geology in which it is found, and its impact on modern society.
The book is generally strong, although some controversial material in the first and last chapter may be subject to alternate interpretation, and given the creativity of the industry to innovate new methods for extracting previously unconsidered reserves, we may well see Smil revising his estimates of "how long will oil last" upwards (as will economists who predict doomsday scenarios for the oil industry).
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