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Oil on the Brain: Petroleum's Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank Paperback – February 12, 2008
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Structurally, Ms. Margonelli starts at the familiar gas station pump and moves successively backwards through the distribution, production, and exploration chains. At the earliest stages of her exposition, most of which take place in the continental United States, she captures her subject matter through a personal prism - individuals who represents that particular stage in the process of bringing gasoline and heating oil to the end consumer. Thus, we learn about gas station profitability from Michael Gharib, owner of the Twin Peaks gas station in San Franciso, gasoline distributorship from the friendly folks at Coast Oil (owner David Mitchell, dispatcher Chris, and driver/hauler Roger), and refining from optimization manager Ken Cole at BP's plant in Carson, CA. Finally leaving California, we move on to lessons in drilling from fourth generation oilman C.D.Read more ›
The book is divided roughly in half. The first half follows the flow of fuel from its start in the ground through the various handlers until it is pumped into your car. The author, however, doesn't just recite a litany of facts. She narrates well and adds information about the processes that are not common knowledge. The second half of the book is a look at where oil originates and the conditions in those countries as they relate to oil. And, the reality is that there is a socio-economic result of discovering and pumping oil from the earth.
The author does a wonderful job of weaving a story out of a number of rather dull facts and makes the book interesting, as well as informative. Her writing style reminded me of the books by Eric Schlosser or Barbara Ehrenreich.
After reading the book I found myself looking at gas stations in a new light and thinking about what I was doing every time I pulled up to the pump. I also noticed I was taking a few extra steps to try to cut my consumption a little. I think this book has a powerful message that needs to be read by the oil consuming public which may help to change their purchasing habits.
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far too many marks on pages. such a book cannot be sold. I ended up throw it awayPublished 3 days ago by Prof
An interesting read from the layman's perspective of how oil travels from the ground to ultimately your gas tank. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matt
Enjoyed the first chapter the most.Good insight into the complicated world (literally) of petroleum.Published 15 months ago by Sunshine63
A great unbiased look at the petroleum supply chain. Margonelli spends time at all the steps from well to tank to show how the resource is used and where the money goes.Published 22 months ago by FuelScience
Only halfway done reading and I'm sold on this book already! Just gathering in one place all the info you need to know and never knew makes 'Oil On The Brain' a great must read! Read morePublished 22 months ago by S. Rogers
A thought provoking look at the life cycle of oil, from its geological formation to its use at the pump and the politics in between. Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by P. D. Nelson
our book club read this book...it was very educational and made for a good discussion. I have passed it on to a son who works at our local refinery.Published on September 7, 2013 by A. Walter