Oil

Oil

Written by: Laxer, James
Series edited by: Springer, Jane
ages 14 and up / grades 9 and up

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This book explores today’s global dependency on oil and reveals the sobering realities of the relationship between oil, politics and money. An excellent introduction for young adults.

Oil, our main source of energy, underlies the world's economy. In the twentieth century its availability and relatively low price allowed for the industrial growth and development of the world's leading economies. The new rapidly developing giants, India and China, want access to the same possibilities. But today we know that cheap, easily accessible oil supplies are dwindling, and we are beginning to recognize the true cost to the world's environment of our profligate use of this form of energy.

As Oil shows, a substantial portion of the world's remaining supply lies in countries whose interests are not identical with those of the major industrial powers.

"[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." -- Globe and Mail

This book explores today’s global dependency on oil and reveals the sobering realities of the relationship between oil, politics and money. An excellent introduction for young adults.

Oil, our main source of energy, underlies the world's economy. In the twentieth century its availability and relatively low price allowed for the industrial growth and development of the world's leading economies. The new rapidly developing giants, India and China, want access to the same possibilities. But today we know that cheap, easily accessible oil supplies are dwindling, and we are beginning to recognize the true cost to the world's environment of our profligate use of this form of energy.

As Oil shows, a substantial portion of the world's remaining supply lies in countries whose interests are not identical with those of the major industrial powers.

"[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." -- Globe and Mail

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Mar 1, 2008
Specifications 144 pages | 5 in x 7 in
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Written By Award-winning author James Laxer has written many books and appears regularly on television discussions of issues of the day. He is a professor of political science at York University in Toronto. Visit James Laxer's blog: http://blog.jameslaxer.com/ Follow James Laxer on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jameslaxer/
Written By
Award-winning author James Laxer has written many books and appears regularly on television discussions of issues of the day. He is a professor of political science at York University in Toronto. Visit James Laxer's blog: http://blog.jameslaxer.com/ Follow James Laxer on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jameslaxer/
Audience ages 14 and up / grades 9 and up
Reading Levels Lexile 1360L
Key Text Features table of contents; chapters; references; further reading

Commended, Booklist Top 10 Youth Series - Nonfiction, 2007

“...[Oil] will offer readers who have a serious interest in the topic an enlightening industrial history...” —Booklist

“The little paperback books in this series cover an unexpected amount of material and provide and in-depth overview of the subjects related to contemporary political and social issues. The writing style is easy to comprehend, and the knowledge gained by the reader in a short time is surprising.” —Multicultural Review