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Drilling Down: The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma

Drilling Down The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma For than a century oil has been the engine of growth for a society that delivers an unprecedented standard of living to many We now take for granted that economic growth is good necessary and even

  • Title: Drilling Down: The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma
  • Author: Joseph A. Tainter Tadeusz W. Patzek
  • ISBN: 9781441976765
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • For than a century, oil has been the engine of growth for a society that delivers an unprecedented standard of living to many We now take for granted that economic growth is good, necessary, and even inevitable, but also feel a sense of unease about the simultaneous growth of complexity in the processes and institutions that generate and manage that growth As societFor than a century, oil has been the engine of growth for a society that delivers an unprecedented standard of living to many We now take for granted that economic growth is good, necessary, and even inevitable, but also feel a sense of unease about the simultaneous growth of complexity in the processes and institutions that generate and manage that growth As societies grow complex through the bounty of cheap energy, they also confront problems that seem to increase in number and severity In this era of fossil fuels, cheap energy and increasing complexity have been in a mutually reinforcing spiral The energy we have and the problems our societies confront, the we grow complex and require still energy How did our demand for energy, our technological prowess, the resulting need for complex problem solving, and the end of easy oil conspire to make the Deepwater Horizon oil spill increasingly likely, if not inevitable This book explains the real causal factors leading up to the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S history, a disaster from which it will take decades to recover.

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    1. The Red-Queen: On the Energy-Technology SpiralOrPeaked Oil: Why Peak Oil Arrived YesterdayPrefaceFind the complete Review Here.This book has a bit of a prosaic title, especially when coming from a historian (they usually come up with fantastically irresistible titles) - writing one too many academic papers must have gotten to the poor guy. I have suggested a few alternatives above in the guise of titles for my own summary-essay.I cannot believe there is not a single review on for this fantastic [...]

    2. This book is about what actually happened in the Gulf of Mexico during the celebrated 2010 oil spill. What's unique about this book is that it combines both quite a bit of technical detail on the incident itself, with also some pretty heavy historical context, with analogies going back to previous societies which then collapsed. We're talking about the collapse of the Roman Empire here, which is compared with our own! The authors are really bringing very different types of expertise to bear on t [...]

    3. Wow - I've not read anything quite like this. I Drilling Down up after reading Riku Sayuji's review in which he placed it "firmly among the top 3 environmental books that I have yet read." That's pretty high praise, and after reading, I feel the same way.The book has two authors and the experience is almost like reading two books at the same time: one a sociology book about the energy / complexity spiral in past and present societies, the other a very technical account of off-shore drilling and [...]

    4. Conceptually, this is one of the best environmental books I have read. In practice, however, the book is a weird combination of a very detailed account of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and a much more abstract discussion of the so-called 'energy-complexity spiral'. I think the book could have worked better with more emphasis on 'Our Energy Dilemma' and less emphasis on the 'Gulf Oil Debacle'.

    5. I read this book in 1 day. I thought the descriptions of the Macondo Well disaster were very technical and skipped approximately 1 and a half chapter. Tainter poses a distrubing hypothesis: that we are steering for an ever-increasing complex society, that is ever increasing its energy needs and that this is, of course, unssustainable. I largely agree with the claims of Tainter. However, I want to question one assumption: is innovation necessarily increasing complexity? Are there no (possible) in [...]

    6. Easy to digest, enjoyable, and perspective shifter. The book definitely says more than its titleI enjoyed the discussion on complexity. Particularly how the book has successfully depicted the very basic concept of second law of thermodynamics, the fall of Roman and Byzantium empire, and the development of modern Europe for us to understand that energy complexity is not inherently good or bad. However, the discussion on navigating across complexity is my main takeaway from the book, as I am inter [...]

    7. The blending of a basic engineering analysis of the disaster, and a critical look at our civilization's approach to energy, put this right up my street. I could see others finding it heavy to wade through one or the other area and I suppose you could read every other chapter, but I enjoyed the balance.

    8. I read this book at recommendation of one Conservation Ecology professor here at Rutgers. It has some truly profound information about the inner workings of modern societies and a great deal of information compiled from the news from recent years including tragic oversights regarding the oil natural disasters.Based on the principles of the mathematician and statistician Malthus (albeit a little less cynical), the book goes into great detail about where we are going as a society and why many qual [...]

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