Oil on the Brain Petroleum's Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank

ISBN-10: 0767916972
ISBN-13: 9780767916974
Edition: N/A
Authors: Lisa Margonelli
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Description: Oil on the Brainis a smart, surprisingly funny account of the oil industry—the people, economies, and pipelines that bring us petroleum, brilliantly illuminating a world we encounter every day. Americans buy ten thousand gallons of gasoline a  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 2/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Oil on the Brainis a smart, surprisingly funny account of the oil industry—the people, economies, and pipelines that bring us petroleum, brilliantly illuminating a world we encounter every day. Americans buy ten thousand gallons of gasoline a second, without giving it much of a thought. Where does all this gas come from? Lisa Margonelli’s desire to learn took her on a one-hundred thousand mile journey from her local gas station to oil fields half a world away. In search of the truth behind the myths, she wriggled her way into some of the most off-limits places on earth: the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the New York Mercantile Exchange’s crude oil market, oil fields from Venezuela, to Texas, to Chad, and even an Iranian oil platform where the United States fought a forgotten one-day battle. In a story by turns surreal and alarming, Margonelli meets lonely workers on a Texas drilling rig, an oil analyst who almost gave birth on the NYMEX trading floor, Chadian villagers who are said to wander the oil fields in the guise of lions, a Nigerian warlord who changed the world price of oil with a single cell phone call, and Shanghai bureaucrats who dream of creating a new Detroit. Deftly piecing together the mammoth economy of oil, Margonelli finds a series of stark warning signs for American drivers.

LISA MARGONELLI is currently an Irvine Fellow at the New America Foundation. She has written for the "San Francisco Chronicle," "Wired," "Business 2.0," "Discover," and "Jane," and was the recipient of a Sundance Institute Fellowship and an excellence in journalism award from the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists. She is based in Oakland, California.

Introduction
Gas Station: Chasing the Hidden Penny
Distribution: Waiting in the Traffic Jam
Refinery: Thirty Seconds of Panic
Drilling Rig: Living by the Drill Bit in Texas
Strategic Petroleum Reserve: Mysteries of the Hoard
Nymex Oil Market: Risky Living in the Giant Brain
Venezuela: Ninety Years of "The Struggle"
Chad: Betting on the Lion People
Iran: Revisiting a Mini-Epic Battle
Nigeria: Calling the Warlord's Cell Phone
China: Driving the "Aspire"
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes and References
Index

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